French Authorities Rescue 72 Migrants Floating off English Channel

French authorities have rescued 72 migrants including 11 children stranded on the English Channel while trying to cross to the UK, on Sunday. 

Authorities took 38 individuals to the city of Calais while the rest of the 34 to Boulogne-sur-Mer and were turned in to border police.

The boats which were supposed to take them to the UK, encountered problems, but there were no reported injuries, officials said.

Individuals attempt to cross the Channel as one of the key routes to reach Britain. 

Meanwhile, UK home secretary Priti Patel has announced that individuals who flee to the country through legal routes will be allowed to stay indefinitely, under its New Plan for Immigration scheme.

“At the heart of our New Plan for Immigration is a simple principle: Access to the UK’s asylum system should be based on need, not on the ability to pay people smugglers,” the secretary said.

“We have ended free movement. We have introduced a new points-based immigration system. And now we will overhaul our broken asylum system,” Patel said.

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