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Channel migrants: Two boats found by Border Force

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Author: bbc.com

Three boats carrying 38 Iraqi and Iranian migrants have been intercepted as they tried to cross the Channel.

Two dinghies containing men, women and children were stopped by patrols off the Kent coast, with another boat found on Dungeness beach.

A further 15 migrants were rescued by French authorities after their boat’s engine failed early this morning.

All 38 have been medically assessed and are to be interviewed by immigration officials, Border Force said.

A fourth boat, rescued in French waters, contained 15 people, including seven children.

A total of 754 people have been intercepted in small boats since 3 November 2018.

An investigation relating to the three boat crossings is underway.

A note on terminology: The BBC uses the term migrant to refer to all people on the move who have yet to complete the legal process of claiming asylum. This group includes people fleeing war-torn countries, who are likely to be granted refugee status, as well as people who are seeking jobs and better lives, who governments are likely to rule are economic migrants.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-48609153?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-story

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