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Group of at least 66 migrants are first to cross English Channel in 2022



At least 66 people in two boats crossed the English Channel to the UK on Tuesday, the Home Office has said. They are believed to be the first such arrivals to reach Britain in 2022.

The group, which included a handful of young children including a baby, were intercepted in the English Channel and brought into the Port of Dover on an RNLI lifeboat at about 11am.

They were brought off the lifeboat in the harbour before being taken to the immigration processing centre.


The group are thought to be the first to make the treacherous 21-mile journey this year due to a brief weather window which brought calmer conditions at sea.

About 20 others arrived later on Tuesday afternoon, brought to shore on the Border Force vessel Hurricane.

The last to make the crossing came on December 27 when 36 people in one boat were detained.

The latest arrivals come after more than 28,300 people crossed the Dover Strait aboard small boats in 2021, triple the number for 2020.

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