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Over 250 Migrants Cross Channel To Arrive On Kent Coast

Over 250 migrants arrived in Kent after crossing the English Channel last week as they made the most of the calm weather.

Among the people seen being brought ashore in Dover on Thursday 3rd March were men and women wrapped in thick winter coats and blankets as well as a young girl, who was led to safety by an officer.

The arrivals continued later into the afternoon as more than 20 people who landed on Dungeness beach in a dinghy and were met by officials.

The Home Office confirmed that UK authorities rescued or intercepted a total of 253 people on 10 boats on Thursday, as the French stopped 196 people on seven boats.

The crossings have started again, with many attempting the journey with the calm seas after a period of bad weather, like storms Dudley and Eunice.

Since the start of the year, more than 1,500 people have reached the UK after navigating busy shipping lanes from France in small boats, according to data compiled by the PA news agency.

This includes 230 people who arrived in the UK during several crossings on Tuesday.

Last month the Home Office published the first ever statistics measuring irregular migration.

The figures revealed 28,526 people arrived in the UK after crossing the English Channel in small boats last year.

That compares with 8,466 people crossing in 2020, 1,843 in 2019 and 299 in 2018.

Despite Priti Patel enlisting the help of the UK Navy to stop crossings, the migrants continue to arrive. With other more serious events happening across Europe, it has diverted attention away from the Channel towards another humanitarianism crisis.

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