At least 41 migrants bound for the United Kingdom in a small boat were intercepted on the English Channel, video shows.
Footage obtained by Sky News showed dozens of migrants packed in canoes were being stopped by a UK border force on Monday when the boat’s generator broke down in French waters as it tried to cross the Channel .
The migrants were mostly men, with three women and two children. Sky News reported that more than 900 migrants have crossed the channel in recent weeks.
The unfortunate trip came a week after the Defense Ministry said 254 people arrived on the English coast in seven boats off northern France on May 1.
The crossing was largely closed on 20 April, days after Britain announced plans to send some asylum seekers to Rwanda. Officials said inclement weather could be the reason for remaining calm rather than the new policy.
Last year more than 28,000 migrants entered Britain across the Channel, a massive increase from 8,500 a year earlier. Dozens have died during their journey, including 31 when a loaded boat sank in November.
UK Home Secretary Priti Patel said her plan to send migrants to Rwanda is a “clear sign” that those who come into the country illegally have no right to stay, Sky News reported.
Patel acknowledged that implementing his plan would “take time”, although Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was “the morally right thing to do” and would likely prevent migrants from making treacherous channel crossings, according to Sky News.
An initial set of asylum seekers, to be notified this week, can get one-way tickets to the African nation. According to the report, anyone who successfully claims asylum will receive refugee status in Rwanda – with the first flights expected in the coming months.
Patel said, “I have said from day one, even when I signed the agreement and announced the partnership, it would take time and for several reasons it would take time.” “We see various barriers and constraints, mainly from specialist law firms that want to prevent the removal of individuals who have no right to live in our country. It’s part of the technologies they use.”
But the government is ready to remove anyone who does not have a “legal right to live in our country”, Patel continued.
“We will use every tool and every piece of legislation that we have in place to make sure we can remove them,” she said.
Meanwhile, Johnson has previously said tens of thousands of migrants could be deported to Rwanda under the plan.
But reports indicated that UK officials had planned to send fewer than 300 annually, giving the revised figure no limit on the number of people being sent to the African nation, Sky News reported.
post with wires