Dozens of migrants intercepted in the Channel

At least 41 migrants en route to the UK in a small boat have been arrested in the English Channel, video shows.

Images, obtained by Sky Newsshows dozens of migrants crammed into a dinghy on Monday being intercepted by British border forces after the boat’s generator broke down in French waters while trying to cross the English Channel.

Most of the migrants were men, along with three women and two children. More than 900 migrants have crossed the English Channel in recent weeks, Sky News reported.

The unfortunate trip came a week after the Ministry of Defense said 254 people arrived on the English coast in seven boats from northern France on May 1.

Crossings had largely ceased since April 20 – days after Britain announced a plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda. Officials said bad weather was likely the reason for the lull, rather than the new policy.

Most of the migrants were men, along with three women and two children.
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Migrants.
More than 900 migrants have crossed the Channel in recent weeks.
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More than 28,000 migrants entered Britain across the Channel last year, a huge increase from 8,500 a year earlier. Dozens of them have died during their journeys, including 31 people when a crowded boat sank in November.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has said her plan to send migrants to Rwanda is a “clear signal” that people who arrive in the country illegally have no right to stay, Sky News reported.

Patel acknowledged his plan ‘would take time’ to implement, although Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was ‘the morally right thing to do’ and would likely deter migrants from crossing the treacherous English Channel , according to Sky News.

Migrants.
More than 28,000 migrants entered Britain across the Channel last year.
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Migrants leave the quay.
The migrant dinghy was intercepted by British border forces after the boat’s generator failed in French waters.
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Migrants board a bus.
The UK has announced a plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.
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The initial group of asylum seekers likely to receive a one-way ticket to the African nation was due to be notified this week. Anyone who successfully applies for asylum would receive refugee status in Rwanda – with the first flights expected in the coming months, according to the report.

“I said from day one, even when I signed the deal and announced the partnership, that it will take time and it will take time for a range of reasons,” Patel said. “We see various obstacles and barriers, mainly from specialized law firms who want to block the deportation of people who have no right to be in our country. It’s part of the techniques they use.

But the government is determined to deport anyone who does not have “the legal right to be in our country”, Patel continued.

Migrants disembark.
“The government is determined to deport anyone who does not have a ‘legal right to be in our country,'” UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said.
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Some of the boats confiscated by the British Border Force at Dover Docks.
Some of the boats confiscated by the British Border Force at Dover Docks which carried migrants across the English Channel.
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Boat.
A total of 254 migrants arrived on English shores in seven boats from northern France on May 1.
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“We will use every tool and every piece of legislation we have to make sure we can remove it,” she said.

Johnson, meanwhile, had previously said tens of thousands of migrants could be sent to Rwanda under the plan.

But reports said UK officials had planned for just 300 people to be sent each year, resulting in a revised figure with no cap on how many people to send to the African nation, Sky News reported.

With post wires