Dozens of migrants rescued off Britain's south coast

Dozens of migrants rescued off Britain's south coast
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22 August, 2019
Local media has reported that 'more than fifty' migrants were rescued off Britain's south coast on Thursday.
The rescue efforts took place off Britain's south coast [Getty]

More than 50 migrants have been rescued off the south coast of Britain, local media reported on Thursday.

A witness who spoke to broadcaster Sky News said the migrants were rescued off Dover, Deal, Rye, Winchelsea and Hastings.

The member of parliament for Dover, Charlie Elphicke, told Sky News there had been an increase in boats arriving from France, saying: "It's clear it's rapidly heading to a summer of chaos".

"Urgent action is needed by the French authorities to stop boars setting off from France before there is another tragedy," he added.

European states have in recent years struggled to deal with inflows on migrants from Asia and Africa, with the issue becoming a prominent humanitarian concern.

Earlier this week, Spain said it will send a military ship to fetch migrants on board a charity boat that has been stuck at sea for 19 days as Rome refuses it access.

The announcement came after 15 migrants jumped into the water in desperation to try and swim to Lampedusa after 19 days stuck on board.

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