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Women and children among latest to cross English Channel in small boats

An estimated 100 people have been brought into Dover.

Migrant Channel crossing incident

Two Border Force boats have brought an estimated 100 people into Dover having crossed the English Channel in small boats.

Women and children are among the latest to have made the crossing, braving breezy conditions during the journey across the busy shipping lanes between France and England.

From Dover, the migrants will be taken away for processing by Home Office officials.

Migrant Channel crossing incidents
Border Force vessels arrive and leave the Port of Dover in Kent following a number of small boat incidents in the Channel (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

The arrivals come as the Home Office confirmed that a further 98 people arrived on two small boats on Wednesday May 24.

The total so far to have crossed so far this year is 7,395, according to PA analysis of Home Office figures.

A total of 45,755 people made the crossing last year compared to 28,526 in 2021, 8,466 in 2020, 1,843 in 2019 and 299 in 2018.

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