"The news that 18 Albanian migrants were found crossing the Channel in a light weight raft shows that the migrants in Northern France are not exclusively from the Middle East, but from Europe and parts of Africa such as Eritrea. The uncontrollable situation in France has been a product of the migrant crisis ongoing from last year. Many migrants, mainly travelling for economic reasons, have used Europe's open borders and the migrant trail to cross the continent freely, in an attempt to reach the UK.
"The migrant population has decreased in Calais, due to the fact that many have dispersed and moved to other parts of the northern French coastline in settlements such as Dunkirk and Dieppe. The main reason for this is there are significantly less security provisions at these coastal towns. The issue has not been solved, many migrants have simply spread after the French authorities cracked down on the 'jungle' camps in Calais. This raises more security questions, as the problem is a lot harder to contain.
"With more migrants looking to reach the UK using other forms of transport, instead of going via the Eurotunnel or the port of Calais, the UK needs to send a strong, clear message that anyone who comes to the UK illegally will not be allowed to stay and settle and will be sent back to France.
"We must not fall into the same trap as what happened in the Mediterranean last year. Angela Merkel opening her arms to migrants from the Middle East has only encouraged more migrants to make the desperate, dangerous and perilous trip to Europe, which ultimately has resulted in more deaths. We must be clear from the outset before more and more migrants make the dangerous trip across the English Channel.
"As migrants are beginning to settle across the Channel coast in France, this also plays into the hands of the people traffickers, who over the last year have built up a strong, formidable network. They are making millions at the mercy of many vulnerable, young migrants. The French authorities and the UK must do more to tackle and break up this network. We should also be clear that any British citizens involved in people trafficking will feel the full force of the law in the UK. "