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UK Authorities Detain Migrant Trying to Cross English Channel Alone

© AP Photo / Thibault CamusA migrant stands between two trailers of a lorry as he attempts to cross the English Channel,
A migrant stands between two trailers of a lorry as he attempts to cross the English Channel, - Sputnik International
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An Iranian migrant was detained by UK border officers while attempting to reach the UK coastline alone in an inflatable kayak, media reported on Tuesday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) According to the Sky News, the 30-year-old man was a programmer, who had to leave Iran due to persecutions on religious basis, and was accommodated in Calais refugee camp in France.

The migrant was reportedly detained eight miles away from the coastline and immediately claimed asylum.

That is the first known case of migrant trying to cross the English Channel alone.

Since 2015, Calais has been the home to a large migrant camp, notorious for its horrible living conditions. Some 8,000 migrants from the Middle East and North Africa arrived to the Jungle, located not far from the Channel Tunnel, in hopes of reaching the United Kingdom.

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