The UK is stepping up efforts to stop the influx of migrants crossing the English Channel by boat, as tensions rise with France about how to control a surge in crossings.
The Home Office requested help from the armed forces in dealing with the jump in immigrants trying to gain entry into the country by making the 35-kilometre (22-mile) crossing from France.
Home Secretary Priti Patel also appointed Dan O’Mahoney, a former National Crime Agency executive, to head the government’s response to the passages, the BBC reported.
Almost 4,000 people have crossed the channel so far this year in more than 300 small boats, with a one-day record of at least 235 arrivals on August 6, the BBC reported.
Warm temperatures and calm waters may have contributed to an uptick, with several hundred people arriving on UK shores in the past week.
The migrants set out in boats for the UK from French beaches.
“The French need to stop these illegal migrants from getting in the water in the first place,” Chris Philp, undersecretary of state for immigration compliance, wrote in the Telegraph.
“It is in their interests to put an end to these crossings, too.
Shutting down this route will stop illegal migrants flocking to northern France.”
Philp said he will travel to Paris to “strengthen cooperation.” Anti-immigrant sentiment was one of the driving forces in the campaign for the UK to leave the European Union.