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Channel Migrants: Home Secretary Explains Serious Incident



  Sajid Javid

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Interior Minister Sajid Javid considers whether further patrol boats are needed in the canal

The growing number of migrants attempting to cross the Channel in small boats has been described by the UK Interior Minister as a "serious incident".

Sajid Javid has asked for an urgent phone call from his French colleague.

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9659007] The Interior Ministry said there was "concern that it is only a matter of time before people lose their lives".

It comes after at least 221 migrants have tried to cross the Channel to England since the beginning of November. [19659007] 12 people were arrested recently off Dover's coast early Friday morning.

The Home Office said in a statement that Mr. Javid had "taken control of the growing number of migrants trying to cross the canal in small boats".

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Forty migrants – including seven men and a woman in a dinghy – were rescued from boats on Christmas Day

Mr. Javid is kept up to date by the Home Office on a daily basis, speaking in a conference call with border force officials, the Immigration Department, and the National Crime Agency.

The Home Office added, "The Home Secretary also asked for an urgent phone call with his French counterpart on the weekend to reaffirm the continuing need for close cooperation between the UK and France in tackling the problem.

" Also He has commissioned Border Force with detailed options for providing additional ships, including the Channel, including another Border Force Cutter, and whether this is likely to encourage more people to try to cross, rather than act as a deterrent.

  • Why do Iranians cross the Channel in dinghies

Former Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said the number of incidents in recent days was "deeply worrying," and crossing the water in a dinghy was "extremely dangerous." [19659007] Many of the migrants are Syrians or Iranians. Since the civil war began in 2011, more than five million Syrians have left their country.

People have been found off the Kent coast since November:

  • 28 December – Twelve migrants in two separate boats off the coast of Dover
  • December 27 – About 23 migrants, including three children, were imprisoned in Kent after crossing the canal in small three boats
  • 26th December – Three migrants brought ashore by Border Force
  • 25th December – Forty migrants, including two children, crossed the canal in five boats
  • 15th December – Four children belong to a group of eleven people who were rescued from Dover. Eight said they were Iraqis, and the other three claimed to be Iranians.
  • 12th December – Six men in a dinghy off the coast of Dover
  • 11. December – Six people believed to be from Iran were rescued from a small boat off the Kent coast. A second boat with eight men, all of whom were called Iranians, was picked up in Dover on the same day
  • . 4 December – Two men were landed in Dover
  • 27th November – An 18-month-old baby was rescued from a dinghy at Dover by nine people.
  • 23rd November – Eight men in a dinghy off the coast of Dover
  • November 22 – Thirteen men and a woman were intercepted in two dinghies off the coast of Dover
  • 18th November – Nine suspected migrants were climbed on rocks in Folkestone after crossing the English Channel in a small boat
  • sixteenth November – Seven suspected migrants were found off Samphire Hoe near Dover.
  • fourteenth November – Nine suspected migrants – seven men, one woman and one toddler – were found off the Kent coast. Another ten were found near Dover Docks, and five men were found several miles from Ramsgate
  • 13. November – Fourteen men and three children arrived in Port of Dover on a French fishing boat that was believed to have been stolen
  • on November 9 – Seven men were found in the English Channel off Dover
  • . November 3 – Eight suspected migrants were stopped off the coast of Kent, and seven others were stopped in Dover Western Docks

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