Exhausted migrants wade to shore and collapse on Dover beach after dinghies evade Border Force crossing the Channel

A GROUP of exhausted migrants have been seen staggering onto a British beach today after crossing the English Channel.

Images from this morning show one group wading through the water and looking exhausted as they collapsed on the Kent coast at Dover after coming from France.






Today's arrivals are among up to 25 boats that have crossed the water.

One group was seen walking up a hill after landing in St Margaret's at Cliffe and another was spotted at the foot of the White Cliffs of Dover.

Four dinghies landed at The Warren beach near Folkestone, while a Dover lifeboat brought 25 refugees into the port.

Today's rescue operation has been going since 6am.

The Coastguard said it had been "assisting Border Force with incidents off Dover" today.

A spokesman said: "HM Coastguard is committed to safeguarding life around the seas and coastal areas of this country.

"We are only concerned with preservation of life, rescuing those in trouble and bringing them safely back to shore, where they will be handed over to the relevant partner emergency services or authorities."

Immigration minister Chris Philp told the House of Commons this lunchtime these "dangerous, illegal crossings" must be brought to an end.

Mr Philp said the best way to stop the crossings was to send migrants back to the country they first arrived in.

He said: "The countries where these migrants are arriving are manifestly safe countries with fully functioning asylum seeker systems in place.

"Those feeling persecution have had many opportunities to claim asylum in the European countries they have passed through, long before attempt (the Channel) crossing."

He added: "It serves both French and UK interests to cut off this route."

Yesterday, children were among the groups of migrants arriving in Dover today after another perilous Channel crossing.

Pictures showed young kids being wrapped up in blankets and taken to safety by Border Force officers.

More than 5,000 migrants have crossed to the UK in small boats so far this year and even more children are among the fresh arrivals.

The tide of young kids being brought across the dangerous cross has not stopped despite Home Secretary Priti Patel's efforts to make the route across the Channel "unviable".

Last month, a 28-year-old man died after making a desperate bid to reach the UK in a dingy – with only spades as oars.

Ms Patel has been forced to dig her heels in over the fight to make it harder for migrants to travel to the UK.

The Home Office has blamed French authorities for failing to monitor people fleeing to the UK via Calais, and "activist" lawyers for making it more difficult to remove asylum seekers once they get to Britain.


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