French maritime authorities said on Wednesday, August 28th, that 47 migrants, including two dozen children, were rescued over two days as they tried to cross the English Channel to Britain.
Authorities said they were alerted by a fishing boat and a French patrol boat, then headed to the zone where 22 people, counting five men, six women, and 11 children, were rescued.
In the early morning on Wednesday, 25 more people were found stranded on a sandbank off the French port of Calais, according to AP.
Only days earlier, the BBC reported that Britain’s Home Office said five boats had been intercepted off the Kent coast and one landed on a Sussex beach, while French authorities picked up a further two dinghies carrying a total of 19 adults, 10 children, and a baby.
Official figures were also published last week on immigration to the UK from the EU. More than 900 people, including at least 80 children, have crossed the Channel in small boats this year.
According to the BBC, the Home Office further said 65 people who arrived illegally in the UK in small boats have been returned to European countries.
A spokeswoman for the Home Office said at the time, "We continue to monitor the ongoing situation and are working closely at all levels with French authorities on the issue." She announced that Home Secretary Priti Patel would “raise this issue with her French counterpart in the coming days."