Over 27,000 have been arrested for trying to enter UK illegally

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New figures show

More than 27,000 people have entered the UK illegally, new research has found.

Figures obtained by the BBC showed arrests of those illegally entering the UK have risen from 7,700 in 2013 to 9,600 in 2015.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, hit out at the government’s claims of “water-tight security at our borders”.

He told the BBC: “If 27,000 people have been arrested for entering the country illegally by our police forces, then it shows that this problem is even worse than we had anticipated and we expect urgent action to be taken.”

A spokesman for the Home Office said: “As part of the ongoing action we are taking to secure our borders, we have invested tens of millions of pounds to bolster security at ports in northern France.

“We are also committed to finding long-term solutions to the problem of illegal migration, which is why we created the Organised Immigration Crime Taskforce last year to work with law enforcement and international partners to target the organised crime gangs behind people smuggling.”



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