UK and France sign $74 million agreement to tackle illegal migration

French flag and British national flag in Violaines

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and France have signed an agreement worth 72.2 million euros ($74.50 million) in 2022/23 to tackle the problem of illegal immigrants crossing the English Channel in small boats, the British government said on Monday.

Britain's interior ministry said the deal would see a 40% increase in the number of UK-funded officers patrolling French beaches, with British officers embedded in French-led control rooms for the first time to improve coordination.

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(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and Muvija M; Editing by Kate Holton)