Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid, left, meets with Border Force staff, in Dover, England, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. (Gareth Fuller/PA via AP)
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Britain's interior minister Wednesday questioned if asylum seekers increasingly using small boats to cross the Channel from France were genuinely fleeing persecution – drawing immediate criticism from asylum advocates.Since October Britain has seen a surge in small boat arrivals carrying asylum seekers predominantly from Iran and also Syria, with scores of people detained over the Christmas holiday period.Authorities apprehended 539 people crossing the Channel last year, with 80 percent making the journey in the last three months of 2018, according to the Home Office.
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