Home Secretary Sajid Javid warned once again that migrants making the crossing of the British Channel are putting themselves in “grave danger” and that he "will not stand by and allow reckless criminals to take advantage of some of the most vulnerable in our global society."
His statement comes after the UK general public grows increasingly worried about what will happen next after 6 Iranian migrants managed to show up on Kent beach in a small rubber boat yesterday morning, stunning onlookers and people walking in the winter landscape.
Mr Javid stated: “the weather conditions are often treacherous and the inflatable boats being used are woefully ill-equipped to make such a dangerous journey. The migrants who choose to make the journey are putting their lives in grave danger."
Since November, at least 220 people have been trying to cross the border between France and Great Britain.
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According to a report from the BBC, people smugglers are convinced that the United Kingdom will be more difficult to enter after the Brexit cut-off date of 29 March 2019.
In the past week, migrants have shown up on British beaches or in the British channel on a daily basis.
30 December - Six migrants detained on Kingsdown beach near Deal.
28 December - Twelve migrants in two separate boats detained off the coast of Dover.
27 December - Some 23 migrants, including three children, were detained in Kent after crossing the channel in small three boats.
26 December - Three migrants brought ashore by Border Force.
25 December - Forty migrants, including two children, crossed the Channel in five boats.
The rising number of migrants trying to cross from the French city of Calais by boat is putting pressure on the British government. French interior minister Christophe Castaner spoke with his British colleague Javid and stated that he wanted them to tackle the problem together.
The rising number of immigrants entering the UK, either legally or illegally from Africa, the EU or elsewhere, was seen as the main reason that the Brexit vote in 2016 was, against all expectations, won by those who wanted the UK out of the EU.
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