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Children among migrants arriving in Dover after being rescued from the English Channel

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Children were among those disembarked in Dover, Kent, after crossing the English Channel – less than a week since the highest number of migrant arrivals was recorded for 2024.

Border Force ships arrived at Kent Harbor carrying large numbers of people, including young children who could be seen with blankets as they were supported by staff.

Arrivals number 4,306 people crossed the Channel so far this year, according to Home Office data.

This compares to 3,770 people at the same time last year.

Last Wednesday, 514 people made the trip in 10 boatsmaking it the busiest day on record for 2024 so far.

This is the largest number of level crossings in March since records began, and the highest daily figure since December 2.

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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak insisted his plan to “stop the boats” is working despite the number of arrivals recorded so far this year being higher than in the first three months of 2023.

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Crossings also come as Government’s Rwanda bill remains stuck in parliamentary limbo after a series of new defeats in the Lords.

MPs are not expected to debate it again until Westminster returns from the Easter break.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “We remain committed to building on the successes which saw arrivals fall by more than a third last year, including tougher legislation and agreements with partners international organizations, in order to save lives and stop the boats.

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