Christmas Day sees another 67 migrants arrive in the UK after crossing English Channel


A young baby girl was among the people who arrived at around midnight and a second child was one of 35 people on board a dinghy assisted by Border Force between the Dunkirk and Calais Ferries

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A total of 67 people have been rescued from the English Channel as they made the perilous journey to the UK on Christmas Day.

Border Force agents took a group of people to Dover, Kent, in the early hours of Saturday, following an incident involving two small boats.

A young baby girl was among the people who arrived at around midnight.

A second child was also one of 35 people on board a dinghy assisted by Border Force between the Dunkirk and Calais Ferries, shortly before 12am.

French authorities intercepted one boat on the same day but it is not known how many people were on the vessel.

A total of 67 people have been rescued from the English Channel
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Images taken by the PA news agency show UK agencies bringing the group of people in shortly before 1.30am on Christmas Day.

They were huddled in white blankets and wearing blue surgical masks.

The Minister for Justice and Tackling Illegal Migration, Tom Pursglove, said people should not be trying to cross the Channel and instead should be claiming asylum in the first safe country they reach.

He said the Government was reforming its approach to people crossing the Channel through the Nationality and Borders Bill.

“The public have been crying out for reform for two decades and that’s what this Government is delivering through our new plan for immigration,” he said.

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“The Nationality and Borders Bill will make it a criminal offence to knowingly arrive in the UK illegally, and introduce life sentences for those who facilitate illegal entry into the country.

“It will also strengthen the powers of Border Force to stop and redirect vessels, while introducing new powers to remove asylum seekers to have their claims processed outside the UK.”

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Last month 27 people tragically died when their dinghy capsized during the cross-Channel journey from France to the UK.

Among the tragic victims were a pregnant woman, seven other females and three children in what was called the deadliest incident of its kind ever.

Shortly after the tragedy on November 24, reports suggested the inflatable threw its passengers into the Channel’s freezing waters after it collided with a container ship.

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French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the vessel was “very frail” and “like a pool you blow up in your garden” before it got into trouble in the waters.

Officials said people smugglers had organised the passage of the overcrowded boat, charging thousands to those on board to get to Britain.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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