Kent under strain: Living on the front line of the migrant crisis

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  • The Telegraph published this video item, entitled “Kent under strain: Living on the front line of the migrant crisis” – below is their description.

    Despite lockdown, this year there have been more migrants attempting to cross the Channel by boat than in the same period last year. 

    Under plans announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel, Border Force officers are to get new Australian-style “turn-back” powers to stop and redirect boats carrying illegal migrants across the Channel. But the new sovereign borders bill isn’t likely to come into affect until Autumn.

    In the meantime, as the weather improves more people will attempt to make the dangerous crossing.  Last summer, Roger Gough, leader of Kent County Council said the numbers of migrant children crossing the Channel was ‘unsustainable’ and the authority was being ‘overwhelmed’. So as the number of migrants continue to climb, can the communities and services on the frontline cope? 

    This film documents the ongoing struggle between sympathies and frustrations of those living on the Kent Coast. 

    With special thanks to:

    Matt Coker

    John Woollett

    Colin Myers

    Kadir Samad

    Bridget Chapman, Kent Refugee Action Network

    Archive – PA / BBC

    Director – Edward Emsley

    Production Manager – Carla de Nicola

    Researcher – Elliott Daly

    Camera – Andy Mackenzie

    Film Editor – Josh Bourne

    Graphics – Mia Teixeira

    Music – Audionetworks

    Executive Producers – Andy Mackenzie and Danielle Robinson

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