The UK is to build a wall in the northern French port of Calais to prevent migrants stowing away on UK-bound trucks, according to the Home Office.
The 4m high, kilometre-long barrier will be built on an approach road to the port. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The wall, to be funded by the British government under an agreement with the French struck at a summit in March, will complement a security fence already circling the port and the entrance to the Channel Tunnel.
“We’re going to start building this big new wall very soon. We’ve done the fence, now we’re doing a wall,” Junior Minister Robert Goodwill told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday.
The wall, which is expected to cost about R43-million, will be the latest barrier to go up around Europe as the continent struggles to cope with its biggest migrant influx in decades.
Hungary has built a reinforced fence on its frontier with Serbia, and Austria has plans for a fence along its border with Hungary in a bid to shut down the Balkan migration route.
Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump has said he plans to build a wall along the border with Mexico, paid for by the Mexican government, if he is elected.