'Deeply concerning': Why the rise in migrants crossing the English Channel?

'Deeply concerning': Why the rise in migrants crossing the English Channel?

'Deeply concerning': Why the rise in migrants crossing the English Channel?

More than 80 migrants have been processed in Dover, while more than 220 people have attempted the crossing on inflatable boats since November.

"Unfortunately, this means that there are no easy answers".

"While we have obligations to genuine asylum seekers we will not stand by and allow reckless criminals to take advantage of some of the most vulnerable people in our global society".

The Home Secretary's decision comes amid heavy criticism over the Government's response to the crisis, despite himself declaring it a "major incident" on Friday.

Mr Castaner is understood to have described to Mr Javid how in early December French officials dismantled an organised criminal gang which had been trafficking people through France.

Sajid Javid is returning to the United Kingdom later today after cutting a family holiday short to tackle the crisis of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel. "The scale of the problem is unprecedented", Charlie Elphicke, the MP for Dover on the southeast coast of England, told the Daily Mail.

A Home Office spokesman said: "The group consisted of nine men, two women and 10-year-old child".

Six Iranian men have been found on a beach in southeastern England, according to British officials, as the number of migrants making crossings of the English Channel in small boats from France continues to rise.

The group were handed over to immigration authorities after being spotted in Kingsdown, near Deal.

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Officers attended to assist Border Force officials who are dealing with the case.

Mr Elphicke said: "I welcome the Home Secretary taking personal responsibility for the situation".

She added: "The co-operation between us and the French has been very effective and is ongoing".

Some MPs - including Conservative backbenchers - have criticised a lack of detail, as well as calling for more Border Force patrol boats to be deployed.

Incidences of people trying to enter the United Kingdom over the last three weeks have involved "95 migrants including nine children", the National Crime Agency said on Saturday.

"It is vital we strike a balance between protecting them and protecting our borders, ensuring we do not encourage more people to make this risky journey".

He warned that more boats might act as a magnet for migrants hoping to be picked up and taken to the UK.

The two countries' interior ministers, the UK's Sajid Javid and France's Christophe Castaner, spoke to each other by phone over the weekend and have both tweeted about the plan.

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