UK govt urged to do more to halt migrants

  • 04/08/2015
Reuters: Calais migrants
Reuters: Calais migrants

The UK government is under increasing pressure to step in to the migrant crisis in Calais as Prime Minister David Cameron steps away to take a holiday.

There are 900 illegal immigrants making it through to the UK every month through the Channel Tunnel.

Europe correspondent Melissa Davies this morning spoke to Paul Henry about the crisis, where she said that they "have only just deployed extra reinforcements".

"The problem is that the French authorities aren't particularly fussed about the migrants leaving France and they're the ones that really need to bolster security around that area."

She describes how life prospects in Britain "are very lucrative", as migrants are entitled to a straight-up £100 payment and then £35 a week until they get their asylum seeker status.

Watch the video for the full interview.