The migrants who cross the Channel in small boats should be sent back to France before they can apply for asylum, said the former chief of the forces in border.
Tony Smith stated that this would be the only way to prevent the smugglers from risking the lives of vulnerable people.
An agreement between the governments of france and britain would be necessary, he said.
The minister of the Interior, Chris Philp, has said that the government ” would review the laws that prevent us from taking more energetic measures to put an end to illegal migration “.
Priti Patel, and his French counterpart Christophe Castaner engaged in September 2019 to make level crossings “a phenomenon uncommon” by the spring of 2020.
More than 2,400 people have crossed the English Channel in small boats this year, so that at least 4500 of them have done since November of 2018.
Mr. Smith, who has held the position of acting director general of the Force was the border between 2012 and 2013, told the BBC that the return of migrants in France ” would send a message to the smugglers, saying that it would not work “.
“People are going to drown”
Return of the boats crowded in the sea is “really very difficult” without risking lives because the migrants have been “trained” by smugglers to resist the rescue by the French and not to accept the help of british ships, he said.
Great Britain currently has ” no authority for the return in France “, so once intercepted by the border, the migrants are brought to the Uk, where they usually ask for asylum, he said.
“The only practical solution that I think can be found would be an international agreement with the French that would allow us to return to the people, once we have established that they are safe and in good health,” he said.
He said that all the efforts of the two sides of the Channel had not managed to ” break the mold “, adding: “We need to find a way to stop this because people will drown “.
Bridget Chapman, of the Kent Refugee Action Network, said that the government should instead provide ” a safe passage and legal to those who seek refuge “.
“Close the door in the faces of the people will not solve the problem, and this is an abdication of our moral duty “, she said.
The conservative mp French Pierre-Henri Dumont has previously asked that the migrants be allowed to apply for asylum at british embassies across Europe.
Mr. Philp said the government ” is attacking these passages at all levels “, adding: “We continue to work tirelessly with our French counterparts that have prevented more than 1 000 migrants this year to make the perilous journey “.