Calais crisis: Britain set to pay for migrants to be returned to home countries

Britain is to pay for migrants in Calais to be returned to their home countries as part of a £7m drive to ease the crisis in the French port.

The move was announced in an Anglo-French joint declaration signed by the Home Secretary, Theresa May, during a visit to Calais, which is home to up to 5,000 migrants attempting to reach the UK.

The two governments said they would “establish immediately a joint project team to maximise the number of illegal migrants who return home.”