Record number of migrants sending drones in the air over Dover

Up to the british general election on Thursday, is the strait between Calais and Dover become a hot political topic. more and More migrants are crossing over

Record number of migrants sending drones in the air over Dover

Up to the british general election on Thursday, is the strait between Calais and Dover become a hot political topic.

more and More migrants are crossing over from France to England via The English Channel.

In the last week, which set a record with 79 arrived in one day from five different boats.

More than 1700 have been trying to cross the strait in the year, reports the BBC. Typically, iranians, afghans and syrians according to lokalmediet KentOnline.

the Numbers pales in comparison to the mediterranean countries such as Greece and Italy, but by local standards it is large.

over the weekend authorities came with a new initiative: Unmanned drones to patrol the sydøstengelske coastline along the famous white cliffs of Dover.

It is to make immigration a hot topic in the port city up to Thursday's elections.

There was a clear majority for the so-called brexit in Dover at the vote in 2016, and Thursday's choice also seems to go The Conservative route here and in neighbouring towns.

Prime minister Boris Johnson's party is considered to be the best guarantor for tighter borders.

One of The Conservative faithful voters is the 64-year-old retired plumbing'is Roger Everett, who has lived in Dover all his life.

- Some immigrants come here to work, but some come for a badebillet. We need tighter borders. We don't know how many that get through, he says.

Roger and Everett hope that the brits get better control over the borders, when and if brexit is implemented.

the 34-year-old Max Miah is on the opposite side of the brexit question. He works on the ferries in service between Dover and Calais, and supports the free movement of goods and people.

But immigration believes he also needs to be done.

- If the parties had just got a grip on immigration, then we wouldn't have anything brexit. For many living on transfer incomes. We need to have people out to work, think Max Miah, who vote for the opposition party Labour.

on the other hand, Dale House it. The 60-year-old mechanical engineer shall also be voting Labour, but due to health and education.

Immigration is high on the agenda here. But as I see it, so do desperate people desperate things. It can not move my vote, he says.

Dale House also voted "remain" in 2016. But he can sense that he is - at least in Dover - not the majority with him.

/ritzau/

Updated Date: 10 December 2019, 07:00

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