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Brighton and Hove named "Sanctuary on Sea" for welcoming refugees fleeing conflict and persecution

"Asylum seeker" has become an emotive term in recent years, and the reasons people seek safety here aren't always fully understood.

The city of Brighton and Hove has a long history of accommodating refugees, and now it's been named "Sanctuary on Sea" in recognition of its work to welcome victims of conflict and persecution abroad.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to Reem Abushawareb from Iraq, Sylvie Collier of Pond Pictures, Jenny Lansdell, Chair of Sanctuary on Sea, and Teresa Gomez from Chile.

More than 100 asylum seekers moved to Kent hotel

More than 100 asylum seekers have been moved to a hotel in Kent to ease overcrowding at a hotel in London.

The Home Office confirmed 130 people have been transferred to the Grand Burstin Hotel in Folkestone but says it is a temporary measure, and they will be there for a maximum of two weeks.

Shepway District Council says it's working with partner agencies to monitor the situation.


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Tanker drivers in custody after stowaways found inside tanker on ferry at Dover

Two tanker drivers are in police custody in Kent after an emergency at the Port of Dover in which 15 asylum seekers were heard knocking - in apparent distress, from the inside of a tanker on a cross-channel ferry.

Some of the fifteen people were treated by paramedics at the scene. Two were taken to hospital. They were all were tested for exposure to hazardous substances.

The incident was a chilling reminder of the tragedy at Dover 13 years ago, when 58 asylum seekers were found suffocated in the back of a sealed lorry. David Johns reports.