Channel crossing: Migrants – including one child – picked up in ‘dangerous’ dinghy bid

Migrants arrive in UK as Patel plans tighter asylum rules

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Video captured in a Sky News report shows about five people, including at least one small child, crammed onto the small boat. They were seen paddling across the Channel using only two oars. 

The latest rescue comes a few days after more than 100 people tried to cross the channel in a single day.

Jemima Walker, a Sky News journalist reporting from Dover, said more children were among the 100 rescued.

“People on the ground here have shown us pictures of what we think are three patrol boats arriving this morning with many, many people on board, huddled very closely together,” said the reporter.

“We believe from the pictures that there are about 100 people on those boats – and children certainly are among them.”

April 28 saw the highest daily number of migrants crossing the Channel this year, totalling 209 people from nine separate vessels.

Migrant crossings are nearly three times higher than at this same time last year. Around 1,977 people have reached the UK by boat in 2021.

Ms Walker said: “There are still many, many people who are willing to get on those boats and make that incredibly dangerous journey.

“This year we have seen a big spike in people making those journeys compared to last year.”

The Home Office said in a statement that they are working to “break the business model of people smugglers who put lives at risk by facilitating dangerous journeys”.

They added: “We are working closely with our partners in France to stop migrants from leaving French beaches.

“We acknowledge there is more work to be done, which is why we are bringing forward our new plan for immigration to break the business model of people smugglers…and overhaul our broken asylum system.”

The Home Office is working closely with French authorities to stop migrants making “unnecessary journeys”.

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According to their statistics, more than 2,500 people have been prevented from making the crossing this year.

The Home Office released plans back in March that would make it much more difficult for illegal immigrants – crossing the Channel using small boats or as stowaways – to claim asylum status.

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