Call comes as two boats carrying 40 people from Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan are intercepted in the Channel

Campaigners have called on ministers to allow refugees to “apply safely” for asylum from outside the UK after two boats carrying 40 people were intercepted off the Kent coast.

Officers from UK Border Force stopped the boats, which were carrying men, women and children, as they made their way across the Channel in what was the latest of a growing number of such crossings since last year.

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