I know from my conversations with constituents, and from the flow of emails to my inbox, how important the issue of immigration is to the residents of Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner. This is also an issue of interest to myself and has been for a number of years.
In parliament today, I was pleased to question the Minister of State for Immigration about the Government’s actions to stop irregular immigration. I have been consistent in my calls to ensure that the UK has a compassionate immigration system that is humane and efficient.
Having recently visited Northern France, I know that despite work being done, public spaces are still full of people waiting to make the journey across the channel. I saw how in the area around Dunkirk, smugglers are using areas away from the beaches to put people on small boats to cross the channel.
In his response, the Minister rightly thanked the French authorities for the work they’ve been doing already. However, he stressed that due to the nature of European infrastructure networks, collaboration with Belgium and other nations is vital to stop dangerous crossings.