Border Force intercepts 40 migrants off the coast of Kent - making it 152 since the start of June

Mail Online | 6/16/2019 | Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline
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Border Force intercepted two boats carrying 40 migrants from Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan off the coast of Kent - making it 152 since the start of June.

The Home Office confirmed men, women and children were brought ashore near St Margaret's Bay, Kent, and medically assessed this morning.

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Charlie Elphicke, the Tory MP for Dover, urged action to 'prevent a summer of chaos in the English Channel.'

The news comes after 38 were intercepted at Dungeness, Kent, on Wednesday, and another 74 were captured off East Sussex on June 1.

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A Home Office spokeswoman said: 'Anyone crossing the Channel in a small boat is taking a huge risk with their life and the lives of their children.

'It is an established principle that those in need of protection should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach and since January more than 35 people who arrived illegally in the UK in small boats have been returned to Europe.'

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Mr Elphicke said 'more migrants have arrived so far this year than arrived in the whole of last year' and described the situation as a 'crisis'.

'The Home Office needs to regain control of our borders and seek a proper agreement with the French to stop these people leaving the French coast,' he said.

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