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Home Office in the media blog: Tuesday 11 December

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Today’s Home Office stories include the interception of a suspected migrant boat in the English Channel and the rejection of a Windrush judicial review bid.

Home Office in the media

Suspected migrant boat intercepted in Channel

There is widespread coverage this morning of a suspected migrant vessel that was intercepted in the English Channel.

The BBC's Today programme noted that it is the latest in a number of attempted crossings from mainland Europe in small vessels.

The Home Office has confirmed that six people were discovered on board. The groups presented themselves as Iranian nationals.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

Border Force was contacted by the coastguard at around 3am on Tuesday 11 December.

A Border Force cutter and a lifeboat were deployed to assist a dinghy off the coast of Dover with six people on board.

The group consisted of five men and one women. All have presented themselves as Iranian nationals.

They received a medical assessment and have now been transferred to immigration officials for interview.


Windrush judicial review bid rejected

The Guardian, the Times and Independent report that a member of the Windrush generation has had a legal challenge against NHS charges for overseas patients rejected.

The man, 58, and named only as ‘MP’, had sought a judicial review after he required blood cancer treatment.

He had arrived in the UK from St Lucia aged 14, the papers say.

Despite ‘MP’ having his bid for a judicial review rejected, he will no longer have to pay for his cancer treatment after winning an appeal over his immigration status.

A Home Office spokesperson said:

The Home Office’s top priority is to right the wrongs experienced by the Windrush generation.

A range of action has been taken. A taskforce is supporting all those who arrived in the UK many years ago to demonstrate their right to be here.

A public consultation on a compensation scheme for all those affected has just closed and separately we have launched a lessons learned review to look at what led to this occurring in order to ensure that nothing like it happens again.


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