For years the desperate migrants who boarded small boats on Lebanon's northern coast were mostly Syrians or Palestinians. But with Lebanon in freefall, it's citizens have started joining the ranks of those fleeing for Europe. Joe Davies reports.
More migrants in dinghies have been picked up by UK Border Force officials and taken to Dover today. Over 4,000 people have successfully crossed the Channel from France in small boats so far this year. More than 700 people were intercepted crossing the English Channel last week. Report by Blairm. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Home Secretary Priti Patel headed to Dover to meet Border Force staff and wasspotted disembarking from a police boat that had been out in the Channelearlier on Monday morning. Last year, Ms Patel vowed the crossings wouldbecome an “infrequent phenomenon” by now. The Home Office are also attemptingto work with the French Government to help reduce the number of boats leavingfrom beaches in the North-West of the country.
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Led By Donkeys project a message from Hassan, who arrived in the UK in arubber dinghy five years ago, and says the government are using the migrantcrossings as a distraction from their handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
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