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UK: Intercepted migrants brought to Dover as Channel crossings surge01:37

UK: Intercepted migrants brought to Dover as Channel crossings surge

United Kingdom, Dover
August 12, 2020 at 13:56 GMT -00:00 · Published

Migrants intercepted while trying to cross the Channel were brought to Dover aboard a Border Force vessel on Wednesday, as crossings have surged in recent days.

This year has seen an increase in the number of migrants attempting to cross the Channel in small boats, with more than 4,000 reportedly making the crossing since the start of 2020. UK Home Office figures indicate a record 235 migrants were intercepted last Thursday, in a week where over 700 people were intercepted.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the crossings as a "very bad and stupid and dangerous and criminal thing to do," on Monday, and his government is reportedly seeking to increase coordination with France in order to hinder the crossings, among other measures.

UK: Intercepted migrants brought to Dover as Channel crossings surge01:37
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Migrants intercepted while trying to cross the Channel were brought to Dover aboard a Border Force vessel on Wednesday, as crossings have surged in recent days.

This year has seen an increase in the number of migrants attempting to cross the Channel in small boats, with more than 4,000 reportedly making the crossing since the start of 2020. UK Home Office figures indicate a record 235 migrants were intercepted last Thursday, in a week where over 700 people were intercepted.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the crossings as a "very bad and stupid and dangerous and criminal thing to do," on Monday, and his government is reportedly seeking to increase coordination with France in order to hinder the crossings, among other measures.

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