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More people arrive in Dover to seek asylum having crossed the Channel

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A video shows more people arriving at Dover today having made the dangerous journey across the Channel.

Dozens of people, some wearing masks and some wrapped in blankets, were transported to safety on a Border Force boat this afternoon.

People arriving in Dover today. Video: Chris Johnson

A witness said more than 100 people had arrived today.

The Home Office has been approached for a comment.

It comes as a record number of people were reported to have tried to cross the stretch of water between France and Kent on Wednesday.

French and British authorities found 16 boats heading for the coastline – of these, British Border Force seized nine small boats and took in 209 people.

Meanwhile French border control stopped seven, involving 166 people.

People arriving at Dover today. Photo: Chris Johnson
People arriving at Dover today. Photo: Chris Johnson
The Border Force boat brings people to safety at Dover
The Border Force boat brings people to safety at Dover

The Home Office says it is working closely with partners in France to stop migrants from leaving French beaches.

The government body has also introduced new rules which make asylum claims inadmissible where people have travelled through safe countries to get to the UK through illegal routes.

The plans have been questioned by experts, and some refugees living in the UK fear the proposals could “punish” people seeking safety.

Read more: All the latest news from Dover

Dover Kent Sam Williams



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