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Why do migrants cross the Channel to the UK and not stay in France?

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Migrant crossings have risen dramatically since the pandemic hit

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Why do migrants cross the Channel to the UK?

Experts say that there are a few main factors that explain the lure of the UK: work, family ties and the English language.

Although Britain's "generous" benefits system is often blamed, the £39.63 weekly allowance is less benevolent for asylum seekers than in France, where they are given £43.50 per week and can start applying for work after six months.

However, informal work in the black market is easier to find in Britain, making it a more attractive destination for illegal migrants.

The government has tried to tighten the rules, making employers and landlords responsible for checking the immigration status of workers and tenants but these are not always enforced. Many people who make it across

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