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France halts more migrant crossings after Patel threatens to pull ‘conditional’ £54m deal


The Times recently revealed the Home Secretary was considering withdrawing the £54 million deal to solve the migrant crisis. This ultimatum included France stopping three in four migrant crossing by the end of September otherwise funding would be pulled.

The £54 million aid package would help fund a network of asylum reception centres in France to accommodate migrants before they attempt a crossing to the UK.

However, the number of crossings halted by the French has increased by more than two thirds since the Home Secretary mentioned pulling the money.

According to the Home Office, there have been 2,923 attempted Channel crossings in the ten subsequent days after The Times revealed Patel was considering withdrawing the funds.

In those ten days, the French have stopped 1,777 of them, which is more than the 1,115 people who made it to the UK.

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“The money is conditional.”

This comes as Home Secretary Priti Patel has been criticised for her handling of the migrant crisis.

In total, nearly 15,000 migrants have reached the UK in boats this year and the cost of the asylum system to the UK taxpayer in support is £1 billion.

Priti Patel has been the home secretary since 2019 and kept her position this week after the cabinet reshuffle.

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