The MP for Dover is backing an international campaign to end migrant trafficking, branding the trade "evil."
Figures released by the French interior ministry show 30,000 attempts have been made by migrants in Calais to reach the UK since the start of this year, despite the closure of the Jungle migrant camp in 2016.
Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I think it’s a very deep concern. It underlines the importance of keeping the border between Dover and Calais strong, safe and secure."
He believes the reason migrants are attracted to the UK is because "we have got a very vibrant successful economy. Unlike the rest of Europe we’ve done very well. We have a vibrant jobs market and we have English as our language, which is a supreme international language."
However, Elphicke the huge migrant influx is "not simply due to economic demand and our vibrant economy, it’s due to trafficking networks leading to Britain."
Therefore we need "an international campaign to smash these trafficking networks because they basically are dealing in a modern trade of evil slavery."
He added that "what we need to be doing is working with France to help them back to their home nations" so they can tell people there it's not worth attempting the journey.
Listen to the full interview above