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France rescues 22 migrants en route to Britain via the English Channel

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — France has rescued 22 migrants stranded in the English Channel while trying to reach Britain, French maritime authorities said Sunday.

It said in a statement that a “semi-rigged boat carrying 22 immigrants”, including a woman and a child, was found after being “stranded” off the coast of Dunkirk.

The immigrants were returned to Dunkirk.

On Thursday night, 24 migrants were rescued in the English Channel.

British Home Secretary Pretty Patel is due to discuss the issue with her French counterpart, Christophe Castagnier, after a sharp increase in the number of migrants crossing the sea.

Attempts to cross the English Channel are extremely dangerous due to heavy maritime traffic, strong currents and freezing temperatures.

Britain currently has three pieces of border guards in the Channel.

Since January, Britain has returned more than 65 people who arrived illegally in small boats, according to Home Office data.

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