Near-record number of migrants make Channel crossing in one day.

A total of 79 migrants have crossed the English Channel in five boats – close to the record number to do so in one day.

The group of migrants, which included children, was intercepted in five separate incidents on Wednesday, the Home Office said.

It is close to the record number of people to cross the Channel in a single day, which is 86, recorded in September, according to the House of Commons Library.

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In the first incident at about 2.50am, a Border Force vessel intercepted a rigid-hulled inflatable boat which was carrying a group of eight people.

These were seven men and one child who presented themselves as Iranian and Afghan nationals.

The depth of the refugee crisis across the world

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Uganda
Jordan
Bangladesh

The depth of the refugee crisis across the world

Mexico

1/20 Mexico

A mother washes her baby as she waits for her fast-track humanitarian visa at the Mexico-Guatemala border in Ciudad Hidalgo.

Unicef/Bindra

Uganda

2/20 Uganda

Refugee children and youngsters from host communities play at a park in Palabek Refugee settlement, during the mid-morning break. This facility is supported by Unicef with EU financial assistance – it also provides psychosocial support to refugee children as well as a place to play, learn, interact, sing and dance after all the traumatic experiences they may have gone through.

Unicef/Nabatanzi

Jordan

3/20 Jordan

Ali, two, rests on his father’s chest. His family are Syrian refugees and came to Jordan six years ago. Ali has just received his winter clothing kit from Unicef and its partner Mateen.

Unicef/Herwig

Bangladesh

4/20 Bangladesh

Children enjoy a ride on a homemade ferris wheel during Eid al-Ftr in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. They are celebrating the holiday in Balukhali, a Rohingya refugee camp sheltering over 800,000 people. The camp is one of the largest in the world, and is bracing for the onset of the monsoon rains.

Unicef/Modola

Colombia

5/20 Colombia

Yulis Rivas, three, draws a picture of her parents in a “Friendly Space” in Cucuta, where Unicef provides learning activities for migrant children and parents from Venezuela.

Unicef/Arcos

Greece

6/20 Greece

A young girl holds her doll in front of her tent at the refugee camp in Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos. This is an overspill area of the camp, known as “the jungle” or “the olive grove”. In 2018, approximately 12,000 refugee and migrant children arrived in Greece by sea.

Unicef/Haviv VII Ph

Uganda

7/20 Uganda

Pupils play at Bidibidi refugee settlement in the Yumbe district of Uganda. Their school is supported by Unicef.

Unicef/Bongyereirwe

Colombia

8/20 Colombia

Hundreds of pupils cross the Venezuela-Colombia border at 5am to meet a bus that will take them to school in the Colombian city of Cucuta.

Unicef/Arcos

Jordan

9/20 Jordan

Ayman, 11 days old, receives his vaccinations in one of the Unicef-supported health clinics in Azraq refugee camp in Jordan.

Unicef/Herwig

Ethiopia

10/20 Ethiopia

Sabirin Nur, 18, is a Somali student volleyball captain at Unicef-supported Melkadida primary school, helping to run sessions for other pupils. Sabirin says: “As a female, many of us face challenges with our parents, like forced marriage or relatives trying to get us married. They want us to go home and be wives.”

Unicef/Ayene

Uganda

11/20 Uganda

Pupils sing and play at Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda, where migrants have fled from South Sudan. The centre is funded by UK aid and Plan International provides positive parenting services, early learning and recovery for children from war-related stress disorders.

Unicef/Bongyereirwe

Syria

12/20 Syria

Khalid, 10, receives a measles vaccination in Tabqa city in Raqqa governorate. Khalid was uprooted due to escalating violence near his home, and returned a year ago.

Unicef/Souleiman

Lebanon

13/20 Lebanon

Syrian refugee children in an informal settlement near Terbol in the Bekaa Valley.

Unicef/Modola

14/20

Daily life at the refugee camp in Moria.

Unicef/Haviv VII Ph

Colombia

15/20 Colombia

A baby has checkup in a Colombian medical centre that receives support from Unicef. Every day, about 40 migrant children are vaccinated in this centre.

Unicef/Arcos

Rumichaca, border of Ecuador with Colombia

16/20 Rumichaca, border of Ecuador with Colombia

Katty Baez helps her one-year-old Alfredo insert the straw into a juice box that was given to them by a stranger. Katty is traveling to Peru with her two children to meet her husband, who has been there for eight months, and does not know that the family is on the way. Katty wants to surprise him, because he has been working hard on a fishing boat and the children miss him. In this area, Unicef Ecuador is supporting the government to ensure access to safe drinking water, sanitation, education and health services.

Unicef/Arcos

Ethiopia

17/20 Ethiopia

Pal Biel Jany, 15, wants to be the future president of South Sudan. He goes to school in Makod primary and secondary school in Tierkidi refugee camp in the Gambella region.

Unicef/Mersha

Lebanon

18/20 Lebanon

Syrian refugee children play in Housh al Refka informal settlement in Bekaa Valley.

Unicef/Choufany

Rumichaca, border of Ecuador with Colombia

19/20 Rumichaca, border of Ecuador with Colombia

Thiago Patania, 18 months old, takes a nap in the Unicef tent next to the Ecuadorian customs office in Rumichaca, while his mother waits in line to complete the immigration procedures for her passport to be stamped. Unicef has set up temporary child-friendly spaces and rest tents, as well as supplying thermal blankets, baby kits, and hygiene kits.

Unicef/Arcos

Cameroon

20/20 Cameroon

Twelve-year-old Waibai Buka (centre) skips rope as a friend records a video of her with a computer tablet provided by Unicef at a school in Baigai. Waibai had to flee her village after an attack by Boko Haram. She has not seen her father since the attack and fears he might be dead. Unicef initiated a pilot project in January 2017 called “Connect My School”. Six solar-powered units help provide internet to schools in different parts of Cameroon. Two of the units were installed in schools in Cameroon’s Far North region – one in Minawao refugee camp, the other in Baigai, near the Nigerian border, where some 50 per cent of children have been displaced by Boko Haram-related violence.

Unicef/Prinsloo

Mexico

1/20 Mexico

A mother washes her baby as she waits for her fast-track humanitarian visa at the Mexico-Guatemala border in Ciudad Hidalgo.

Unicef/Bindra

Uganda

2/20 Uganda

Refugee children and youngsters from host communities play at a park in Palabek Refugee settlement, during the mid-morning break. This facility is supported by Unicef with EU financial assistance – it also provides psychosocial support to refugee children as well as a place to play, learn, interact, sing and dance after all the traumatic experiences they may have gone through.

Unicef/Nabatanzi

Jordan

3/20 Jordan

Ali, two, rests on his father’s chest. His family are Syrian refugees and came to Jordan six years ago. Ali has just received his winter clothing kit from Unicef and its partner Mateen.

Unicef/Herwig

Bangladesh

4/20 Bangladesh

Children enjoy a ride on a homemade ferris wheel during Eid al-Ftr in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. They are celebrating the holiday in Balukhali, a Rohingya refugee camp sheltering over 800,000 people. The camp is one of the largest in the world, and is bracing for the onset of the monsoon rains.

Unicef/Modola

Colombia

5/20 Colombia

Yulis Rivas, three, draws a picture of her parents in a “Friendly Space” in Cucuta, where Unicef provides learning activities for migrant children and parents from Venezuela.

Unicef/Arcos

Greece

6/20 Greece

A young girl holds her doll in front of her tent at the refugee camp in Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos. This is an overspill area of the camp, known as “the jungle” or “the olive grove”. In 2018, approximately 12,000 refugee and migrant children arrived in Greece by sea.

Unicef/Haviv VII Ph

Uganda

7/20 Uganda

Pupils play at Bidibidi refugee settlement in the Yumbe district of Uganda. Their school is supported by Unicef.

Unicef/Bongyereirwe

Colombia

8/20 Colombia

Hundreds of pupils cross the Venezuela-Colombia border at 5am to meet a bus that will take them to school in the Colombian city of Cucuta.

Unicef/Arcos

Jordan

9/20 Jordan

Ayman, 11 days old, receives his vaccinations in one of the Unicef-supported health clinics in Azraq refugee camp in Jordan.

Unicef/Herwig

Ethiopia

10/20 Ethiopia

Sabirin Nur, 18, is a Somali student volleyball captain at Unicef-supported Melkadida primary school, helping to run sessions for other pupils. Sabirin says: “As a female, many of us face challenges with our parents, like forced marriage or relatives trying to get us married. They want us to go home and be wives.”

Unicef/Ayene

Uganda

11/20 Uganda

Pupils sing and play at Bidibidi refugee settlement in Uganda, where migrants have fled from South Sudan. The centre is funded by UK aid and Plan International provides positive parenting services, early learning and recovery for children from war-related stress disorders.

Unicef/Bongyereirwe

Syria

12/20 Syria

Khalid, 10, receives a measles vaccination in Tabqa city in Raqqa governorate. Khalid was uprooted due to escalating violence near his home, and returned a year ago.

Unicef/Souleiman

Lebanon

13/20 Lebanon

Syrian refugee children in an informal settlement near Terbol in the Bekaa Valley.

Unicef/Modola

14/20

Daily life at the refugee camp in Moria.

Unicef/Haviv VII Ph

Colombia

15/20 Colombia

A baby has checkup in a Colombian medical centre that receives support from Unicef. Every day, about 40 migrant children are vaccinated in this centre.

Unicef/Arcos

Rumichaca, border of Ecuador with Colombia

16/20 Rumichaca, border of Ecuador with Colombia

Katty Baez helps her one-year-old Alfredo insert the straw into a juice box that was given to them by a stranger. Katty is traveling to Peru with her two children to meet her husband, who has been there for eight months, and does not know that the family is on the way. Katty wants to surprise him, because he has been working hard on a fishing boat and the children miss him. In this area, Unicef Ecuador is supporting the government to ensure access to safe drinking water, sanitation, education and health services.

Unicef/Arcos

Ethiopia

17/20 Ethiopia

Pal Biel Jany, 15, wants to be the future president of South Sudan. He goes to school in Makod primary and secondary school in Tierkidi refugee camp in the Gambella region.

Unicef/Mersha

Lebanon

18/20 Lebanon

Syrian refugee children play in Housh al Refka informal settlement in Bekaa Valley.

Unicef/Choufany

Rumichaca, border of Ecuador with Colombia

19/20 Rumichaca, border of Ecuador with Colombia

Thiago Patania, 18 months old, takes a nap in the Unicef tent next to the Ecuadorian customs office in Rumichaca, while his mother waits in line to complete the immigration procedures for her passport to be stamped. Unicef has set up temporary child-friendly spaces and rest tents, as well as supplying thermal blankets, baby kits, and hygiene kits.

Unicef/Arcos

Cameroon

20/20 Cameroon

Twelve-year-old Waibai Buka (centre) skips rope as a friend records a video of her with a computer tablet provided by Unicef at a school in Baigai. Waibai had to flee her village after an attack by Boko Haram. She has not seen her father since the attack and fears he might be dead. Unicef initiated a pilot project in January 2017 called “Connect My School”. Six solar-powered units help provide internet to schools in different parts of Cameroon. Two of the units were installed in schools in Cameroon’s Far North region – one in Minawao refugee camp, the other in Baigai, near the Nigerian border, where some 50 per cent of children have been displaced by Boko Haram-related violence.

Unicef/Prinsloo

At about 5.30am, a Border Force vessel stopped a boat which was carrying a group of 20 people – made up of men, women and children – who said they were Iranian and Iraqi nationals.

In the third incident, at about 7.45am, officers from Immigration Enforcement and Kent Police went to a beach at Old Stairs, Kingsdown, where 20 people were found.

Half an hour later, a Border Force vessel intercepted another boat carrying 20 people – made up of men, women and children – who presented themselves as Iraqi and Syrian nationals.

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In the fifth incident, at about 9.15am, an RNLI lifeboat rescued 11 people – men, women and children – from a vessel in the Channel. They said they were Iranian nationals.

The people from all boats have been medically assessed and will now be interviewed by immigration officials.

A Home Office spokesman said: “Crossing the Channel in a small boat is incredibly dangerous.

“Anyone attempting the journey is taking a huge risk with their life and the lives of their children.

“The government continues to work with European partners to tackle illegal migration.”

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