Over 30 migrants found trying to escape the UK for France amid fears of mistreatment after Brexit

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Immigration was one of the driving issues behind the 2016 UK referendum on whether or not to stay in the European Union. However, now the country has officially withdrawn from the bloc, it seems fears among people who came to the UK are growing that official treatment of them will change. In Calais, more than 30 immigrants were found in the back of a truck that had been stopped at a checkpoint, and officials asked them why they were leaving the UK.

a group of people on a boat in the water: Migrants were found in boats, trucks and other vehicles, over the weekend in Calais as migrants decided to leave Britain following the Withdrawal Agreement's passage through parliament. Pic: Getty Images (C) Provided by Extra.ie Migrants were found in boats, trucks and other vehicles, over the weekend in Calais as migrants decided to leave Britain following the Withdrawal Agreement's passage through parliament. Pic: Getty Images

'The group of 27 men and four women told immigration officials that they "feared how they would be treated after Brexit,"' the Sunday People reported.

'They said they were worried their rights would be curtailed when we are no longer in the EU. 'Then they were sent back by French authorities in three lots of 11, escorted by police, and taken to immigration centres.'

a group of people in a tent: In a reversal of recent years, immigrants from the UK have tried to enter France in order to escape what they believe will be a downturn in relations between them and the British after Brexit.
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pPic: Getty Images (C) Provided by Extra.ie In a reversal of recent years, immigrants from the UK have tried to enter France in order to escape what they believe will be a downturn in relations between them and the British after Brexit. Pic: Getty Images

Chris Hobbs, a former special branch officer in border control with the Metropolitan Police, said incidents of immigrants leaving the UK were 'highly unusual'.

'It could be that they think the asylum regime is going to be harsher once we leave the EU,' he warned.

a truck that is driving down the street: The border patrol zone in Calais has been a hive of activity since the UK passed Brexit legislation to formally leave the European Union last month.
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pPic: Getty (C) Provided by Extra.ie The border patrol zone in Calais has been a hive of activity since the UK passed Brexit legislation to formally leave the European Union last month. Pic: Getty

An agreement between the UK and France means that the countries can return migrants seeking asylum within 24 hours of them being caught.

In contrast, over 102 people were caught attempted to enter the UK. Five inflatable boats carrying individuals claiming to be from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria were picked up by Border Force officers.

a man holding a sign: Border control officers in Calais have been busy over the last couple of weeks following Brexit, with 33 immigrants being caught trying to enter the country on Friday.
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pPic: Getty (C) Provided by Extra.ie Border control officers in Calais have been busy over the last couple of weeks following Brexit, with 33 immigrants being caught trying to enter the country on Friday.

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Nine of the migrants managed to get to a beach in Kent, where they were detained by police.

The 102 migrants -- which included seven children -- is believed to be a new record for a single day.

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