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The immigration chief in Calais has said the UK has created "a magnet for illegal immigrants."

28,000 illegal attempts to enter UK foiled

New figures reveal the increasingly desperate battle to protect borders

Caffari and co beat British Isles record

The all-woman crew of Dee Caffari, Samantha Davies, Miranda Merron and Alex Sizer yesterday knocked over 17 hours off the record for sailing non-stop round the British Isles, setting a new time of six days 11hrs 30min 53sec in the Caffari’s Open 60, Aviva.

France vows to close Calais migrant camp

The French Immigration Minister Eric Besson pledged today to remove a camp where illegal migrants gather near the port of Calais to try crossing to Britain, a move local residents and businesses will welcome.

The forgotten people: Plight of the asylum-seekers marooned in France

The revelation that Britain could open its own immigration camp in Calais has caused outrage in some quarters. But as Jerome Taylor discovers, the plight of the asylum-seekers marooned in France cannot be ignored

The Calais ‘Guantanamo’

French and British ministers in talks to open dockside holding centre for illegal immigrants and asylum-seekers

Swimming: Adlington leaves rivals in her wake

Nobody got close to Rebecca Adlington over her favourite distance – the 800m freestyle – as she took gold at the Beijing Olympics and set a world record, and there are only two hopes for her rivals this evening in the same event here at the national championships. Slim and none.

Asylum-seeker film provokes row over ‘Vichy’ slur

Controversy has broken out in France over the first full-length feature film to explore the miserable existence of the hundreds of asylum-seekers who try to reach Britain through Calais.

Missing schoolgirl found in France

A schoolgirl who went missing with a 49-year-old man she met on the internet has been found safe and well in France.

Something to declare: Top travel tips; fewer frills to Calais; Valkyrie country; India

Where to go, how to save, what to avoid

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Human Jet's cross-channel bid grounded again

Poor weather conditions today scuppered a Swiss adventurer's record-breaking attempt to become the first person to fly solo across the English Channel using a single jet-propelled wing.

Something To Declare: New York; Bangkok; Calais

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