UK government confirms plan to build anti-refugee wall in Calais

The UK government confirms a plan to build a 13 feet (3.9 meters) wall in Calais, saying the work will begin soon.

Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill told British lawmakers on Tuesday that the wall was part of a £17-million package of joint Anglo-French security measures to minimize refugee flow.

The government refused to confirm the cost of the wall, but reports suggest a £1.9-million price tag.

“We are going to start building this big new wall very soon. We’ve done the fence, now we are doing a wall,” Goodwill told a parliamentary committee.

Despite being called a “joint Anglo-French” project, the wall will be funded by the British government as part of an agreement struck at a summit in March.

There is already a security fence put up around the port and an entrance to the Channel Tunnel.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd told MPs that while the UK provided money to help secure Calais, it was up to Paris to decide which measures to use.

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