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Protesters will hold a vigil outside a migrant processing center in Kent tonight. They deployed the ‘shocking conditions’ at Manston Airport Detention Center in south east England.

The site is believed to be equipped to handle between 1,000 and 1,600 at a time, with the Home Office noting last week: ‘The aim was to run a site that had [around this number of] people who pass through it every day and that all these checks would be carried out in less than 24 hours.

“For much of this year, that’s exactly how it worked.”

He has, however, become “overwhelmed”, according to local Tory MP Roger Gale.

He claimed there were around 4,000 migrants in Manston.

An official inspection of the center earlier this year found the length of detention was “far too long” for many.

He also criticized the state of the venue’s facilities, including the changing table, located in “dirty mobile toilets”, and “a lack of trained staff from Mitie to oversee other marquees. [which] meant that adult males were crammed into one facility and exhausted inmates slept on floor mats between rows of chairs.”

Members of the Thanet Left Bulletin (TLB) will hold a vigil outside the camp this evening, which they say should be closed.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper told Sky News today that work was underway to move the migrants off the site and into better conditions.

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He asked members of the public to “join us for a vigil outside”.

As of 11:30 a.m. today, 22 people responded to TLB’s event page saying they were going, and another 42 said they were interested in attending.

This year saw a record number of small boat crossings across the Channel to the UK, with the figure already standing at just under 40,000.

In 2021 the figure was less than 30,000. Not even 8,500 crossed the Channel to the UK in 2020.

Mr Harper said that to improve the situation, greater cooperation was needed between London and Paris.

He told Sky News: “I think both countries, Britain and France, could do more. What you have to do is work with the French, they are already doing a lot. We provide resources to help them and, of course, people will know that our border controls in France are actually physically located in France, and we have always worked closely with the French authorities.

“Do we think they could do more? Yes. We could also do more. It is about improving this partnership.

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