Spike in illegal Channel crossings 'concerning': UK minister

Spike in illegal Channel crossings 'concerning': UK ministerBritain’s Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said Thursday that a spike in migrants crossing the Channel by boat was “deeply concerning”, after dozens of people were rescued overnight. British border officials found 23 Iranians in three locations in Kent on England’s southeast coast early Thursday, hours after French maritime authorities intercepted 11 migrants in a small boat near Sangatte. Nine Iranians, including three children, were the first to be found early Thursday on a beach near the Kent port town of Folkstone, after sailing from northern France in a 13-foot (four-metre) inflatable boat.



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