20:32 GMT05 March 2021
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    On Monday, 49 illegal migrants were detained as they tried to cross the Channel, the UK Home Office said.

    A group of about 20 illegal migrants arrived in a boat on the beach at Walmer, a seaside spot near Dover in Kent, UK, on Tuesday and they were detained for a short while by border police. 

    A video showing migrants arriving in a small boat and running towards the town was shared online. As soon as the boat stops, the migrants rush onto the shore abandoning their life jackets.

    This comes a day after 49 migrants were picked up by border police after their attempt to cross the Channel. The number of arrivals has soared in recent days amid a lull in bad weather.

    Last year, the Home Office unveiled a £28 million initiative "to provide reintegration services for people returning from the UK to their country of origin”. The programme will run from April 2021 to April 2024.

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