Britain is to build a “big new wall” at Calais as part of arrangements to contain migrants, a minister has confirmed.

 

Lorries blockade the main road into the Port of Calais to protest against "The Jungle" refugee camp

 

The 13ft high barrier, which would stretch for one kilometre, is the latest in a number of measures to beef up security at the port.

 

Immigration minister Robert Goodwill told the Commons Home Affairs Committee: “We are going to start building this big new wall very soon.

 

“We’ve done the fence, now we are doing a wall.”

 

Earlier this week, lorry drivers, shopkeepers, farmers and police officers took part in a blockade of the main motorway in Calais.

 

They demanded that the “Jungle” migrant camp outside Calais is demolished.

 

The camp is home to some 9,000 migrants living in squalid tents and makeshift shelters.

 

The migrants have been throwing objects at vehicles travelling to the port to slow traffic, so they can get on to lorries bound for the UK.

 

Construction of the wall is expected to begin as soon as this month and could cost taxpayers £2m, the Daily Telegraph reported.

 

It would be placed on either side of the main dual carriageway to the ferry port to prevent migrants from trying to climb into lorries and stop traffic.

 

It comes as figures released last month showed that net long-term migration stood at an estimated 327,000 in the year to March.

 

Mr Goodwill insisted the Government remains committed to its target of reducing that total to the tens of thousands.

 

He said: “The big challenge is our target which is to reduce immigration to sustainable levels. Sustainable levels means in the tens of thousands.”