Migrants detained on Kent beach after risking their lives crossing English Channel

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Six Iranian men have been found on a beach in southeastern England after crossing the English Channel, the latest in a wave of migrants coming from France that has raised concern in both countries.

He will chair a meeting with the Border Force, the National Crime Agency (NCA), Whitehall officials and other agencies on Monday morning to discuss what further action can be taken.

The United Kingdom's Home Office said on Sunday the men had been given medical checks and turned over to immigration officials for processing.

A witness who works at the Zetland Arms pub, which overlooks the beach, said they saw authorities leading a small group of men from the shore to a Ford Transit van at around 9.30am.

The Home Secretary has cut short his family holiday to return to the United Kingdom after declaring a "major incident" as Border Force vessels picked up a group of migrants attempting to enter the country by boat.

Britain's Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes said Thursday that a spike in migrants crossing the Channel by boat was "deeply concerning", after dozens of people were rescued overnight.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has said the UK's armed forces "stand ready" if needed to prevent further crossings.

A particular increase in arrivals has been recorded over the Christmas period, with British authorities finding 43 people in English waters on Christmas Day and 26 December.

Mr Javid thanked the French minister for his "partnership", adding: "UK and France will build on our joint efforts to deter illegal migration - protecting our borders and human life".

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Compared to other influxes of migrants and refugees, the numbers trying to cross the Channel recently are tiny.

"This can not be done on the cheap with the half-hearted Dad's Army-type set-up suggested by the Home Office in the past", he said.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott accused Mr Javid of exploiting the problem.

Mr Javid has described France's response to the recent incidents as "swift and thorough".

She said: "It is feasible that were we to put additional craft (out) they might act as a magnet - encouraging people to make a perilous crossing".

"These are extremely risky circumstances in which people are choosing to cross borders", MP Diane Abbott said.

The ministry said two more boats were discovered at around 8:30am (0830 GMT), both near the port of Dover, carrying 14 Iranian males. "They are around and about in the camps, they are in the cafes in those areas of Calais".

"We realised they were safe and sound, and the police took over", he said.

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