Jungle migrant found in kayak eight miles from British coast


A desperate asylum seeker has been picked up in an inflatable kayak just eight miles away from Britain.
The Iranian man had almost made it to his destination when he was spotted by ferry crossing between Britain and France.
Ferry crew members immediately alerted the coastguard and a lifeboat from Walmer in Dover, Kent, went out to ensure his safety.
The lifeboat then called the UK border force which sent out a vessel to collect the man, who has now claimed asylum in Britain.
While there have been a handful of cases where small boats of migrants have managed to make it into British waters, this is understood to be the first time a migrant has attempted to make the 20-mile cross solo in such a small vessel.
The channel is one of the busiest shipping lanes anywhere in the world and is notoriously dangerous for smaller crafts. So far, it is not clear where he had managed to obtain a kayak.
The man, said to be a 30-year-old software engineer,is understood to have been one of an estimated 6,000 migrants who were living in the Calais camp nicknamed the Jungle, until it was cleared last week.
According to reports, the man feared for his life in Iran after converting to Christianity. He has been taken to an immigration centre in Croydon, South London, until his application is looked at by immigration officers, who will try to establish if his claim is a genuine one.
If his claim is rejected, he could face being deported back to Iran. However, many migrants end up slipping through the cracks and stay in the UK illegally.
The Jungle was cleared a week ago and 6,000 migrants were taken by bus to asylum centres around France while they wait for a decision on their case.
While officials have claimed that the Calais camp is now completely clear, aid agencies on the ground say there are still adults and children sleeping rough in the Jungle.
French officials have called on their counterparts in Britain to do their bit to take migrants with a genuine claim. Many believe that the Jungle would never have sprung up if it weren’t for the fact that most of those living in the camp were there because their ultimate aim was to reach Britain, where they believed they could make a better life for themselves.


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