30 May 2016
A former UK borders and immigration chief inspector today warned that people could die in the English Channel while trying to make their way into the UK illegally.
John Vine raised his concerns after 18 Albanians - and two British nationals - were rescued from an inflatable boat which began to sink off the coast of Kent on Saturday night.
Their vessel, which was discovered on a beach in Dymchurch, Kent, also had a woman and two children on it.
Mr Vine, who was independent chief inspector of borders and immigration until 2014, said that he raised his concerns about migrants crossing the Channel but added that the matter was not given 'sufficient resources'.
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