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UK Border Force nets 34 migrants in a boat in the Channel

Tuesday, February 19th 2019 - 09:00 UTC
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Since December the Border Force has tripled the number of cutters operating in the Channel and agreed a joint action plan with France Since December the Border Force has tripled the number of cutters operating in the Channel and agreed a joint action plan with France

A group of 34 migrants have been brought ashore after the UK Border Force intercepted a boat in the Channel. The group of people, whose nationalities are not yet known, were brought to shore at Dover by a coastal patrol vessel and given blankets.

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences, a Home Office spokesman said. The group, including men, women and children, have been medically assessed and are believed to be well.

All have been transferred to immigration officials for interview, the Home Office said.

the government has confirmed one of the two Border Forces boats redeployed from overseas to patrol the Channel in response to recent migrant crossings is already in operation, while the second boat is still en route,

The spokesman said: “Since the Home Secretary declared a major incident in December we have tripled the number of cutters operating in the Channel, agreed a joint action plan with France and increased activity out of the Joint Coordination and Information Centre in Calais.

”The number of individuals attempting to cross the Channel decreased from around 250 in December to around 90 in January, with roughly half of the January attempts being intercepted by partners in France before they could make it to British waters.”

The Border Force was alerted to the boat heading to the UK coast at about 06:30 GMT. It was intercepted by two Border Force cutters and a coastal patrol vessel. Those on board were brought to shore in two groups.

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  • Jack Bauer

    I hope they were let in, given a cushy job and put up at 5 star hotels - until the government finds them nice (subsidized) homes...

    Feb 21st, 2019 - 05:46 pm 0
  • DemonTree

    They should never land them in Britain but take them back to France, even if we have to take two migrants from the camps for every one we drop off. Letting them stay here just encourages more people to try it, and it's bound to mean deaths in the channel.

    Feb 21st, 2019 - 06:08 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    Presume you realized I was being sarcastic....they should be kicked out, forced to apply legally.

    Cont of “Maduro's protection in hands of ...”

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    “…I don't know why they wouldn't use them”. With a debt in USD, with USD rolling in (exports), no problem paying the installments, why “would” they use them ? I repeat, financially speaking it was a bad decision - there was more to be gained by leaving it as it was. Internally, the debt “more” than doubled, and with it, so did the interest payments. Lula’s decision was motivated by populism, which resulted in higher interest payments.

    Question : if you had $ 1 million in savings, paying 20% interest a year, ‘n you decided to buy a $ 300,000 home – would you pay cash, from savings, or take out a loan at an interest rate of 4% a year ?
    The FT report is outdated…several retirement options, minimum age 65, variable contribution periods, no different to when I retired. For FULL pension (men), age 65 ‘n 40 yrs contribution…nothing radical about that. When the pension system incurs a deficit of R$ 200 billion/year, and growing, what would you do ? reduce age, contribution period ‘n raise pensions ?

    The funds collected from the private sector contributions (INSS) are administered almost like a checking account, invested with very low risk / remuneration. Nothing to do with the stock market.
    Several State-run Co pension funds on the other hand, were used for speculation on the financial market (by politically-indicated directors) ‘n (deliberately) incurred huge losses for pensioners, ‘n huge profits for the manipulators, i.e., directors ‘n political parties (currently under federal investigation).

    Feb 21st, 2019 - 10:43 pm 0
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