Immigration: 'Migrants come here illegally because we don't have safe legal routes'

The UK should look after its own people first, according to TalkTV's Richard Tice.

It comes as figures reveal France is intercepting fewer Channel migrants than last year, despite a £480m funding boost from Britain to help stop the crossings.

Some 13,759 (45.2 percent) of migrants have been stopped by French beach patrols since January, down from 17,032 (45.8 percent) over the same period last year.

There have been fewer overall attempted crossings this year, partly due to bad weather.

The three-year £480 million Anglo-French deal agreed by Rishi Sunak in March as a key part of his pledge to “stop the boats” paled in comparison to the £54 million Britain paid France in 2021.

A TalkTV debate hosted by Rosanna Lockwood erupted into a furious debate over how much migrants are costing the British taxpayer.

The Institute for Public Policy Research estimates that accommodation costs for migrants could exceed £6 billion a year after five years if only 50 people are removed to third countries each month.

Political commentator Ava Santina dispelled the claim that migrants receive large sums of money upon arrival.

"There's a lot of rhetoric around how much money migrants get when they enter this country. They actually don't. They get about £35 a week, it's a tiny stipend and it's not why they cross the Channel."

Richard argued the £35 grant is in addition to "free lodging, three meals a day, free cleaning, and free doctors and dentists.

"The role of government is to look after its own people!"

Rishi Sunak has failed to guarantee he will be able to stop small boats crossing the English Channel by the next general election.

The Prime Minister expressed his commitment to stopping the boats and highlighted that the number of illegal migrants making the dangerous journey this year is “down for the first time in some years”.

Commentator Grace Blakeley said more migrants from poor parts of the world are attempting the journey because of climate breakdown and conflict - often caused by the UK.

"These structural factors are what is pushing people here," she said. "The reason we're seeing more people coming here through illegal routes is because we haven't got safe legal routes."