Border Force patrol intercepts dinghy carrying 22 migrants in the English Channel

Border Force patrol intercepts dinghy carrying 22 migrants in the English Channel off the coast of Dover

A Border Force patrol has intercepted a small dinghy carrying 22 suspected migrants in the English channel.

The group were picked up at around 7am this morning off the coast of Dover, and will now be medically checked and questioned by officials in the coastal town in Kent.

No information regarding ages, gender, or nationalities of the migrants has been released.

It comes after two incidents on Friday where Border Force intercepted a total of 20 male migrants off the UK coast.

Friday‘s migrants were stopped by the Coastguard at Dover harbour after two dinghies were spotted.

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They were processed by authorities and given blankets after making the trip as temperatures plunged to below 4C on Friday morning.

Around 1,500 asylum seekers have made it into Britain since January, with record numbers risking their lives to get to the UK by small boats.

They are typically picked up by Border Force officers after making it on to British waters – usually off the Kent coast – and brought into Dover to be questioned.

Millions of pounds has been spent by the Home Office in an effort to stop the crossings, but they continued to surge and reached record numbers in the summer.

In August, 336 migrants made it into Britain – including 86 in one day – while a woman drowned after falling overboard during a crossing. Her body was found on Dutch waters weeks after the incident.


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