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The plan includes communication campaigns to discourage people from crossing the Channel in small boats and developing a “joint action plan” to combat human trafficking.

Officials said the agreement will “increase intelligence-sharing to tackle visa abuse” and “continue to facilitate the process for the return of those with no right to remain in the UK”.

Illegal immigration minister Michael Tomlinson and Senior Colonel Vu Van Hung, from Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security, signed the joint statement of cooperation in London on Wednesday.

Vietnamese nationals made up 5 per cent of small boat arrivals in the UK in 2023, up from 1 per cent in 2022, Home Office figures show.

But this year more migrants from the country have made the perilous journey across the Channel than from any other.

The surge in Vietnamese people has been blamed by Number 10 for contributing to the record number of crossings this year.

On Sunday alone 534 people reached …

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