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The French navy warship escorts a boat full of migrants across the canal


A French Navy warship reportedly escorted a boat full of migrants across the English Channel today as more than 100 arrivals were intercepted in 11 small boats, the largest number of which attempted the crossing this month.

There is a significant Border Force presence in the Channel, with the Seeker-Cutter involved in overseeing a French warship escorting a dinghy across the 20-mile strait in territorial waters.

The groups, mostly from Africa, were brought to Dover port in Kent, while another 12 migrants are believed to have landed on a beach in Dungeness in Romney Marsh.

It comes after another 27 migrants were arrested yesterday in a large rigid-hulled rubber dinghy (RHIB) and the French authorities conducted two interceptions with 25 people at sea. The French yesterday prevented eight more people from leaving the beaches around Calais to make the crossing.

Dan O & # 39; Mahoney, Clandestine Channel Threat Commander for Border Force, said: “These transitions are being facilitated by persistent criminals smuggling people from safe EU countries and putting more pressure on our broken asylum system – delaying or helping those who really need it deny protection.

“We are committed to repairing the asylum system to prevent those who have no right to be in the UK from coming here. The new system will be fairer, more solid, and compassionate to those who need our help, and welcoming people in safe and legal ways.

"We're working closely with the French who stopped 33 people from making these crossings today."

So far this year 7,200 migrants have reached the UK coasts in small boats, compared to around 1,850 in 2019. In September alone, 1,954 made it across the English Channel in small boats.

Border Force officials bring a group of migrants to Dover port after being intercepted in the English Channel

The mostly African groups were brought to the port of Dover in Kent, while another 12 migrants are believed to have landed on a beach in Dungeness in Romney Marsh

The mostly African groups were brought to the port of Dover in Kent, while another 12 migrants are believed to have landed on a beach in Dungeness in Romney Marsh

More than 100 migrants were intercepted while trying to cross the English Channel in up to 11 small boats today. This is possibly the largest number this month has attempted to attempt the crossing

More than 100 migrants were intercepted while trying to cross the English Channel in up to 11 small boats. This is possibly the largest number this month has attempted to attempt the crossing

The mostly African groups were brought to the port of Dover in Kent, while another 12 migrants are believed to have landed on a beach in Dungeness in Romney Marsh

The mostly African groups were brought to the port of Dover in Kent, while another 12 migrants are believed to have landed on a beach in Dungeness in Romney Marsh

Border Force officials bring a group of migrants to Dover port after being intercepted in the English Channel

Border Force officials bring a group of migrants to Dover port after being intercepted in the English Channel

Protesters for migrants gathered in front of Napier Barracks in Folkestone to support migrants

Protesters for migrants gathered in front of Napier Barracks in Folkestone to support migrants

The last major arrival was in the last week of September when human traffickers escorted migrants from Dunkirk to England. Photos showed migrants embarking from Gravelines beach.

At least 27 boats were brought to Dover marina after a few days of relative calm on the high seas on the world's busiest shipping lane.

More than 100 residents have now gathered in front of a military barracks in Kent that houses migrants to greet their "new neighbors". The Napier Barracks in Folkestone has been rebuilt to accommodate around 400 asylum seekers, many of whom have crossed the canal by boat.

The Home Office confirmed Saturday that a person who had lived at Napier Barracks tested positive for Covid-19. The unidentified person was removed from the military compound.

A Home Office spokesman said: "The safety and well-being of asylum seekers and the local communities they live in are of paramount importance and we have solid measures in place to deal with all cases of coronavirus in our shelters."

Police intervene and remove a man during a demonstration outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where supporters of migrants have gathered to welcome migrants to the area

Police intervene and remove a man during a demonstration outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where supporters of migrants have gathered to welcome migrants to the area

Police intervene and remove a man during a demonstration outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where supporters of migrants have gathered to welcome migrants to the area. The barracks were converted to accommodate 400 asylum seekers

Police intervene and remove a man during a demonstration outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where supporters of migrants have gathered to welcome migrants to the area. The barracks were converted to accommodate 400 asylum seekers

Police intervene and remove a man during a demonstration outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where supporters of migrants have gathered to welcome migrants to the area. The barracks were converted to accommodate 400 asylum seekers

Police intervene and remove a man during a demonstration outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where supporters of migrants have gathered to welcome migrants to the area. The barracks were converted to accommodate 400 asylum seekers

Police intervene and remove a man during a demonstration outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where supporters of migrants have gathered to welcome migrants to the area

Police intervene and remove a man during a demonstration outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where supporters of migrants have gathered to welcome migrants to the area

Dozens of well-wishers gathered in the barracks today to welcome the asylum seekers who had arrived in recent weeks. Many carried placards with messages of solidarity in English and Arabic.

Groups of well-wishers shouted through gaps in the property line and waved at those, many of whom waved back. There were bursts of clapping and cheering in the festive atmosphere.

Bridget Chapman, a migrant charity worker with the Kent Refugee Action Network, told PA News Agency, “It's a really fantastic, inspiring collection of local community groups and national refugee aid groups.

"There is a story that has been brought up by a group of people who say that Folkestone is not looking for these people, and we know they are not."

There are reports that counter-demonstrators will also gather in the region. A significant police presence was established outside the barracks and in the surrounding area.

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