Two small boats carrying immigrants have been intercepted by Border Force officials in the Channel, Sky News understands, as Turkey said the country could not cope with a new wave of migrants from Syria.

In the latest attempted crossings in the Channel, the boats, which were headed towards the UK coastline, carried 22 people. The migrants were believed to be from Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Philippines.

They were taken to Dover, where they were assessed by medics and later transferred to immigration officials.

The Home Office said it is currently dealing with more migrant boat incidents.

It is one of a number of incidents recently in which migrants have been picked up while attempting to cross the Channel.

More than 50 suspected migrants arrived on Britain's shoreline in one day at the end of August.

But in recent weeks, Turkey has put pressure on European nations to help its migration situation.

President Tayyip Erdogan called for more help to deal with an influx Syrian refugees after saying two weeks ago that he could open the gates for Syrians to massively migrate into Europe.

He announced plans to resettle one million refugees in northern Syria and said the route for migrants into Europe would reopen if Turkey does not receive enough international support for the plan.

More than 3.5 million Syrian refugees currently live in Turkey as a result of the conflict that has battered Syria since 2011.

Responding to Mr Erdogan's announcement, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis accused Turkey of trying to threaten Greece and the EU.

"Mr Erdogan must understand that he cannot threaten Greece and Europe in an attempt to secure more resources to handle the refugee (issue)," Mr Mitsotakis said.

He argued that the European Union has given €6bn (£5.3bn) in recent years to help Turkey deal with the migrant crisis.

At the peak of the crisis in 2015, thousands of migrants arrived on Greek shores every day.

The numbers had sharply decreased after Turkey and the EU signed a deal to cut off the flow in 2016, but more migrants have been arriving in Greece in recent months.

On one day in August, 13 boats carrying 546 people landed in Lesbos and 32 people were rescued at sea - marking the first mass arrival from Turkey in three years.

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