Children in puffer jackets among migrants seen arriving in Dover
Small children wrapped up in puffer jackets are among dozens more migrants seen arriving in Dover as Suella Braverman set to say those who cross the Channel are not in ‘imminent peril’
- Border Force vessel rescued migrants off small boats and brought them to port
Small children wrapped up in puffer jackets were among the dozens more migrants seen arriving in Dover today, as Suella Braverman is set to say those who cross the Channel are not in ‘imminent peril’.
The youngsters were rescued from small boats in the English Channel and brought into the port by a Border Force vessel, breaking a nine-day hiatus of migrants attempting to cross the water.
But there was tragedy after a young Eritrean woman was found dead on a beach in Calais in an attempted Channel crossing this morning.
The 24-year-old’s body was found on the shore by another migrant. A criminal investigation has been opened by authorities.
Men, women and children were spotted being brought ashore aboard Border Force patrol ships at the harbour.
The youngsters were rescued from small boats in the English Channel and brought into the port in Dover, Kent, by a Border Force vessel
One woman can be seen carrying a boy in her arms as they are led to the immigration processing centre
Two young children can be seen wearing pink puffer jackets, while a woman is seen carrying a boy wearing a navy blue, white, and orange hooded jumper.
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They were brought up the gangway into the immigration processing centre at the former Jetfoil terminal at the port. Many were wrapped in winter clothing and red life jackets.
No crossings had been detected since September 17, when 56 migrants were packed inside one dinghy, according to the latest Home Office figures, and sailed across the choppy waters.
The arrivals come as the first named storm of the season, Storm Agnes, looks set to batter Britain tomorrow with 80mph winds and heavy rains – making crossing the English Channel in small boats extremely hazardous.
While Home Secretary Suella Braverman will use a speech in the US to declare that no migrant crossing the Channel to Britain is in ‘imminent peril’.
Ms Braverman is expected to say that ‘seeking asylum and seeking better economic prospects are not the same thing’ as she takes aim at the United Nations’ Refugee Convention.
In a pre-briefed extract of her speech to the American Enterprise Institute – a centre-right think-tank – the Cabinet minister will say: ‘The status quo, where people are able to travel through multiple safe countries, and even reside in safe countries for years, while they pick their preferred destination to claim asylum, is absurd and unsustainable.
Men, women and children were spotted being brought ashore aboard Border Force patrol ships at the harbour
A stock image of Blériot beach in Calais where a young woman, 24, was found dead after falling off a small boat in an attempt to cross the Channel to the UK. The pictured migrants are not related to this story
A man wearing a red life jacket cradles a small youngster in his arms after being brought ashore as Border Force officials look on
Home Secretary Suella Braverman is set to use her US speech to the American Enterprise Institute – a centre-right think-tank – to say those crossing the Channel aren’t in ‘imminent peril’
‘Nobody entering the UK by boat from France is fleeing imminent peril. None of them have “good cause” for illegal entry.
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‘The vast majority have passed through multiple safe countries, and in some instances have resided in safe countries for several years.
‘In this sense, there is an argument that they should cease to be treated as refugees when considering the legitimacy of their onward movement.’
She will also argue that tests for how refugees are defined have changed, lowering the threshold for claiming asylum.
Labour accused the Conservatives of looking to blame the convention for its immigration failures.
Anneliese Dodds, the Labour Party chairwoman, told GB News: ‘International conventions are not the reason why the Conservative Government is failing in particular to take action against the international people-smuggling gangs.’
Highlighting that the Home Office is spending about £8 million per day on hotels for asylum seekers, Ms Dodds added: ‘I’m afraid the responsibility for all of this lies squarely with the Conservative Government.
Stopping the boats crossing the Channel was one of five pledges made by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the start of this year.
The rubber-stamping of the Illegal Migration Act in July was seen as a pivotal moment in making that vow come to fruition.
Under the new law, those arriving via the Channel can be deported to their country of origin, or to Rwanda after ministers struck a deal with the east African country.
But the Kigali plan is tied up in the courts, with a deportation flight yet to take off.
Mr Sunak’s plans to house asylum seekers in the Bibby Stockholm came to an embarrassing halt within days of it being used in August when migrants had to disembark after a Legionella health scare.
Migrants are yet to return to docked barge , but recent tests for the deadly bacteria were deemed to be ‘satisfactory’, The Guardian reported earlier this week.
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