The United Kingdom’s Border Force has detained 49 suspected illegal immigrants who attempted to cross the English Channel in four separate small boat, the Home Office has confirmed the incidents.
The news follows after French authorities claim to have detained a further 126 people attempting to make the illegal crossing overnight.
Chris Philp, Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts said: “Since the start of the year, through the joint operational and intelligence deployment shared by our two countries, the French authorities have prevented more than 70 per cent of attempted Channel crossings.
“Overnight a further 126 migrants were stopped from crossing from France to the UK.
“The Government continues to undertake substantial measures to tackle this unacceptable problem of illegal migration. In January we introduced new rules which mean we can treat asylum claims as inadmissible if they have travelled through safe countries to get to the UK.
“Criminals are exploiting migrants for-profit and are selling false dreams of life in the UK. That is why we are pursuing the facilitators behind these crossings, returning migrants who have no right to stay in the UK to safe countries and continuing to do everything we can to make this route unviable.”
Those attempting to illegal cross were reportedly escorted across the Channel by French authorities and handed to the UK Border Force halfway across the busy waterway.
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