Anglo-French talks on immigration

Brown, Sarkozy discussing plans for a crackdown on illegal cross-channel immigration 6th July 2009: Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are hammering out plans for a crackdown on illegal cross-channel immigration at an Anglo-French summit.

The meeting in the French town of Evian-les-Bains is significant as the UK is hoping the meeting will see the securing of a deal for it to help with detection technology to counter people smuggling.

The immigration issue was brought to the fore sometimes last week after the United Nations refugee agency opened an office in Calais to deal with around 1,600 migrants trying to get to the UK.

The agency is trying to persuade the undocumented foreigners that they will be sent home if they are caught illegally in this country; and they should claim asylum in France, if they are genuinely fleeing persecution.

The foreigners include trafficked children living in camps on the outskirts of the port.

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