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Calais migrant crisis: UK-French centre to tackle traffickers

The UK and France have announced new measures to prevent "undocumented migrants" entering the Channel Tunnel by tackling the criminals who smuggle them to Calais and across the Channel.

The plans include the creation of a joint police operation aimed at tackling the people-smugglers who profit from the desperation of those trying to reach British shores.

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UN urges 'civil emergency' plan for Calais migrants

Migrants climb through a fence on to the tracks near the Eurotunnel site at Coquelles in Calais. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

The United Nations has called on France to introduce a "civil emergency" plan to deal with the thousands of migrants camping in Calais in the hope of reaching Britain.

Vincent Cochetel, head of the UN refugee agency's Europe division, called for an "urgent" response to the crisis - which has so far seen nine people die during the attempted crossing.

He also called on Europe to "wake up" to the wider crisis across the continent, referencing the struggle faced by Greece in dealing with the huge number of people arriving on its shores via the Mediterranean Sea.

The warning comes amid reports the British government is considering the "nuclear option" of closing the Channel Tunnel overnight in a bid to prevent people from trying to enter.

A Sudanese man was arrested at the Folkestone end of the tunnel on Tuesday after allegedly walking almost its entire 31-mile length in a bid to get to the UK.

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