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We need to stop migrants ‘breaking in’: David Cameron

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 11:49 GMT, Aug 15, 2015 |
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The government is aiming to make sure illegal immigrants cannot “break into Britain”, PM David Cameron has said.

Mr Cameron said the UK was taking its fair share of asylum seekers but said he wanted to stop people getting in “without permission”.

He defended his use of the word “swarm” to describe migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe.

Marking 100 days since his election victory, he also praised July’s Budget and pledged to extend academy schools.

Asked about preventing illegal migrants getting into the UK, Mr Cameron said: “A lot of people coming to Europe are coming in search of a better life.

“They are economic migrants and they want to enter Britain illegally and the British people and I want to make sure our borders are secure and you can’t break into Britain without permission.”

He also defended his recent use of the word “swarm” when describing migrants crossing the Mediterranean.

The Refugee Council, which works with refugees in the UK, has said his comments were ”irresponsible” and ”dehumanising”.