On Christmas Day, another 67 migrants, including young children and a baby girl, arrive in the United Kingdom.
Hundreds of migrants have arrived in the United Kingdom after attempting the perilous crossing of the English Channel early on Christmas Day.
Following an incident with two small boats at sea, UK authorities took in a total of 67 people, including women and children, shortly before 1.30 a.m. in Dover, Kent.
A third boat was also intercepted by French authorities, though the number of people on board is unknown.
Tom Pursglove, the Minister for Justice and Tackling Illegal Migration, said that instead of attempting to cross the Channel, people should seek asylum in the first safe country they reach.
The Nationality and Borders Bill, he said, was reforming the government’s approach to people making the dangerous crossing.
‘For two decades, the public has been crying out for reform, and that is exactly what this government is delivering through our new immigration plan,’ he said.
‘Under the Nationality and Borders Bill, it will be illegal to enter the UK knowingly, and those who assist illegal entry into the country will face life sentences.’
The Archbishop of Canterbury preached a message of support for volunteers who assist refugees during his Christmas sermon.
At 11 a.m., the Most Rev Justin Welby delivered the sermon at Canterbury Cathedral’s Christmas Day Eucharist.
He explained that the Christmas story of Joseph and Mary seeking refuge demonstrates the importance of treating those who “risk everything to arrive on the beaches” with compassion.
He also stated that “there is no doubting” human capacity for “great kindness,” and that volunteers working to welcome refugees arriving on beaches near Canterbury Cathedral are “amazing people.”
In his sermon, Mr. Welby praised rescuers such as RNLI crews and Border Patrol cutter crews.
He also thanked those who volunteered at food banks over the holidays.
Mr. Welby mentioned how the pandemic has forced people to confront their ‘fragility’ in ways they’ve never had to before.
‘From Sage and Cabinet to each of us, from large corporations to those sleeping on the street, we all face uncertainty, unpredictability, and uncontrollability,’ he said.
‘It will also strengthen Border Force’s powers to stop and redirect vessels, as well as introduce new powers to remove asylum seekers from the UK to have their claims processed elsewhere.’
‘Members of Parliament have already voted to reform this broken and abusive system, and the sooner the House of Lords passes the Borders Bill, the sooner these reforms will be implemented…
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Dozens of migrants were rescued following ‘incident involving two small boats’Migrants taken to Dover, Kent, with help from Maritime and Coastguard Agency A woman and baby among those rescued before being transferred to officialsChannel crossings this year have hit a record high of more than 28,000