Nine more migrants crammed into small boat make perilous Channel crossing

A group of migrants crammed onto a small boat for the dangerous journey across the Channel have been rescued by UK Border Force after their engine cut out.

The nine asylum seekers were pictured being brought ashore at Dover by a patrol boat just a day after the police clashed with far-right anti-immigrant protesters near the Kent port.

The Home Office has been contacted for further information.

It comes just a day after ten people were arrested following demonstrations in Dover on Saturday, which brought a dual carriageway to a standstill.

Rival protests between anti-immigrant and anti-racism campaigners took place in the Kent town just days after a record 416 migrants made it to the UK after crossing the English Channel.  

A number of far-right groups were identified at the protest including Britain First and former English Defence League (EDL) supporters, as reported by The Guardian. 

A group of nine asylum seekers were rescued from the English Channel today after their engine failed leaving them drifting in the busy shipping lane

A group of nine asylum seekers were rescued from the English Channel today after their engine failed leaving them drifting in the busy shipping lane

The nine asylum seekers were pictured being brought ashore at Dover by a patrol boat just a day after the police clashed with far-right anti-immigrant protesters nearby

The nine asylum seekers were pictured being brought ashore at Dover by a patrol boat just a day after the police clashed with far-right anti-immigrant protesters nearby

At least 5,600 migrants have now made it to British shores by boat in 2020. 

The Home Office, which has come under fire for its attacks on "activist lawyers", has insisted that it will make the sea route "unviable".

Following days of bad weather, a flurry of migrant boats managed to cross the busy shipping lanes of the Dover strait to the UK on Wednesday.

On board the more than two dozen boats were at least 416 migrants, a single-day record.

Large numbers were seen being brought into Dover, packed aboard Border Force patrol vessels and sitting on the front of lifeboats.

A small dinghy was so packed with people that three of the men had to have their legs having over the side

A small dinghy was so packed with people that three of the men had to have their legs having over the side

On Thursday senior Home Office and immigration figures appeared before the Home Affairs Committee, which is conducting an inquiry into migrant crossings.

Chairwoman Yvette Cooper pressed them for answers on whether the Home Office will have any legal authority to return migrants to countries like France after December 31.

However she did not receive a full answer to the question, which she said she was "really surprised" about.

Tim

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