An Iranian national and a British man have been arrested on suspicion of arranging the illegal movement of migrants across the English Channel. The National Crime Agency said the 33-year-old Iranian and 24-year-old Briton were held in Manchester. It comes after the government redeployed patrol vessels from the Mediterranean amid concerns over a rising number of crossings.
A group of more than 600 migrants appear to have become the first subjects of the new Italian government's tough immigration stance without having even set foot on Italian soil. A charity rescue vessel carrying 629 people is currently stranded in the Mediterranean after Matteo Salvini, the new Italian interior minister, reportedly refused to allow it to dock at Italian ports.