7 JUN 2011
By Martyn Brown | Daily Express
MORE than 100 migrants are caught illegally trying to sneak into Britain every week from Calais, it emerged yesterday.
So far this year at least 2,000 people have been arrested in the back of UK-bound lorries at the port, and many more try their luck every night.
It is feared thousands more evade detection, with critics warning that those caught were only the “tip of the iceberg”. And they attacked lax French authorities for letting illegal migrants slip through the net.
They pointed out that those who get across undetected have taken advantage of a crumbling European asylum system to begin new lives in Britain, while many caught in France are released to try again.
The shock figures were revealed as Home Secretary Theresa May yesterday hailed the border between France and Britain as one of the “strongest in the world”.
Mrs May used a meeting in Calais with French counterpart Claude Gueant to say better policing has led to a 70 per cent drop in the number of people attempting to cross the common border illegally. “Our partnership has helped to create one of the strongest borders in the world,” she said.
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