Britain needs "protection" as numbers of illegal migrants cross Channel from France.

The numbers of Illegal migrants crossing from France to Britain are unacceptable so there needs to be action to prevent smugglers from exploiting people who risk the perilous journey across the Channel in small boats, British junior minister Helen Whately told Sky News on Monday.

“We do have an unacceptable situation of many migrants coming across the Channel at the moment,” she said, “We are taking action.

This comes as it has been revealed that Brussels is the hub for the criminal gangs taking money from migrants with the promise of a boat trip to Britain.

Up to 600 migrants are reportedly gathered at the time of writing, sleeping rough in the city's Maximilian Park, and loiter around the Gare du Nord (North Station) which is also the main terminal for buses travelling between Brussels and London.

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