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UK, France sign new migrant cooperation deal

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 01:46

The interior ministers of Britain and France have signed a deal designed to reinforce cooperation on dealing with Europe's migrants crisis and increase resources. Nathan Frandino reports.

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From the Greek coast... to the Italian coast... to the streets of Macedonia... and every where in between... Few countries in Europe are unaffected by the daily arrival of migrants from the Middle East and Africa, fleeing war and poverty. (SOUNDBITE) (English) MIGRANT FROM SYRIAN CITY OF ALEPPO, HOSAM ALLALI, SAYING: "I will go to into Europe. Maybe Norway, maybe Sweden or Germany, I don't know now exactly, I do not know where I am going." Many are bound for Calais, France where thousands are camped out, hoping to cross the Eurotunnel into Great Britain. But time is short. Barring their way will soon be a new command and control center... part of a joint deal to increase security there signed by French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and British Home Secretary Theresa May. (SOUNDBITE) (English) THERESA MAY, BRITISH HOME SECRETARY, SAYING: "By committing the U.K. and France to a thorough security program in Calais and Coquelles combined with the continued unprecedented French police presence in the region, this will include further physical security improvements in and around the tunnel and wider port areas, more CCTV, infrared equipment, flood lighting and fencing, and more than 100 additional security guards." The security center will also focus on human smugglers. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH INTERIOR MINISTER, BERNARD CAZENEUVE, SAYING: "The traffickers who are part of international criminal organisations must be prosecuted and their organisations dismantled. We need to send a very strong signal from Calais that you can't cross the border which we run together." But this is just one border out of many in Europe. And while it may ease the problem in the U.K., other European countries are still struggling to find a solution to the migrant crisis.

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UK, France sign new migrant cooperation deal

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 01:46