Easter migrant boom as 72 refugees detained in one day as dinghies moor on Kent beaches


Easter Migrant Boom: 72 refugees detained in one day as dinghies moor on Kent beaches with masked men and women on board

  • Four separate boats containing 72 migrants were intercepted off the south coast
  • They said they were from Iraq, Iran and Syria and were sent for medical exams
  • They have been transferred to immigration officers where their cases will be assessed










Four boats carrying 72 migrants were intercepted by border forces off the southern coast on Easter Sunday.

The first two boats, spotted at 6.30am near Kent, contained 22 men and eight women who claimed to be from Iraq, Iran and Syria.

At 9.45am another rubber dinghy arrived, this time carrying a group of 13 men.

Four boats carrying 72 migrants were intercepted by border forces off the south coast on Easter Sunday

The last boat arrived shortly after noon carrying 25 men and four women.

All 72 have been taken to Hastings to be medically assessed before being transferred to immigration officials where their cases will be assessed.

Tony Eastaugh, Home Office director for crime and law enforcement, said: “Those who facilitate these illegal crossings and the criminals behind this trade are breaking the law.

All 72 were taken to Hastings for a medical assessment before being transferred to immigration officials

All 72 were taken to Hastings for a medical assessment before being transferred to immigration officials

“If anyone facilitates illegal passage, we will enforce the law and seek to remove those who are not entitled to be in the UK.

“We are working day and night with the ANC and the French police to stop and dismantle organized crime gangs in France.

“There are daily additional police patrols on French beaches, drones, specialized vehicles and detection equipment to stop small boats leaving European coasts.”

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