A BOAT carrying 13 migrants has been intercepted off the coast of Kent, England.
The vessel was spotted attempting to cross the English Channel shortly after 9.30am on Sunday, November 24, signalling an alert to the HM Coastguard and Border Force.
Agents stopped the boat near Folkestone, where the group, which included several children, were brought ashore. The migrants have now been transferred to a specialist unit for individuals wishing to claim asylum.
This year has seen an increase in the attempted crossings by boats in the English Channel, prompting security to be increased along the French coast.
The Foreign Affairs Committee has warned that the UK’s focus on closing borders has driven “migrants to take more dangerous routes and pushed them into the hands of criminal groups.”
We at Euro Weekly News understand that MPs have also condemned ministers for allowing sub-human conditions suffered by migrants in northern France to continue.