The number of migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats exceeds 19,000 for the year

The number of migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats tops 19,000 for the year as more arrive in Dover

  • The migrants arrived in Dover this morning after Border Force picked them up
  • MoD statistics show 19,371 people have crossed the Channel in small boats this year
  • In August, 2,972 people crossed the channel in 68 dinghies and small boats

The number of migrants landing in England after crossing the English Channel in small boats this year has risen to more than 19,000.

Migrants, including young children, arrived in Dover this morning as they were picked up by Border Force after leaving France.

A baby and several young children were seen alongside adults being brought ashore by Border Force workers and a member of the armed forces.

According to official Ministry of Defense figures, a total of 19,371 people have been intercepted at sea by border forces so far in 2022.

August alone saw 2,972 people make the perilous journey across the 21-mile Strait of Dover in 68 dinghies or other small boats.

The migrants arrived in Dover this morning as they were picked up by Border Force after making the perilous journey from France

Babies and young children were seen alongside adults being taken ashore by Border Force workers and a member of the armed forces

Babies and young children were seen alongside adults being taken ashore by Border Force workers and a member of the armed forces

According to official Ministry of Defense figures, a total of 19,371 people have been intercepted at sea by border forces so far in 2022

According to official Ministry of Defense figures, a total of 19,371 people have been intercepted at sea by border forces so far in 2022

According to official Ministry of Defense figures, a total of 19,371 people have been intercepted at sea by border forces so far in 2022

According to official Ministry of Defense figures, a total of 19,371 people have been intercepted at sea by border forces so far in 2022

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Border Force members escort migrants to Dover after being picked up in the English Channel this morning

The busiest day this year came on August 1 when 696 people were brought to Ramsgate, Kent, on 14 boats, an average of 50 people per ship.

And the numbers are set to continue to rise as the UK heads into another heat wave.

Yesterday, Friday August 12, 402 migrants arrived in Dover, Kent. They appeared relieved to reach the UK, with one man giving a heart sign with his hands while another gave onlookers a thumbs up.

Several migrants stood up and threw their arms in the air in joy as the boat approached the port, before being told to sit down by Border Force personnel.

A further 49 people were prevented from reaching the UK by the French coast guard.

On Friday afternoon, the Griz-Nez regional operational surveillance and rescue center (CROSS) was alerted to a boat in difficulty in the Strait of Calais.

The French Navy’s Dauphin helicopter was tasked with locating the vessel before being relieved by a British aircraft which continued to monitor the situation.

At the same time, the CROSS launched the French Navy’s assistance and salvage tug Abeille Normandie to recover the 49 people stranded.

They were dropped off at the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer where they were taken care of by the departmental fire and rescue service and the border police.

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A group of 39 migrants arrived in Dover at 7.30am yesterday morning after crossing the English Channel in small boats before being picked up by Border Force

A second group of up to 100 migrants, including babies and young children, were escorted to port aboard the cutter Hurricane around 10am this morning.  Pictured: A member of the army holding a baby who arrived in Dover with the second group of migrants

An army member dressed in a camouflage uniform and red life jacket held a baby and then a toddler (pictured) who both arrived with the second group of migrants at 10am yesterday

A second group of 100 migrants, including babies and young children, were escorted to port aboard Hurricane Hurricane around 10am yesterday. Pictured: A member of the military holding a baby (left) and a toddler (right) who arrived in Dover with the second group of migrants yesterday

28,526 people made the perilous journey in 2021 – compared to 8,410 who arrived in 2020, according to official government figures.

A government spokesperson said: ‘The increase in dangerous Channel crossings is unacceptable.

“Not only are they a clear abuse of our immigration laws, they are risking lives and hampering our ability to help refugees arriving in the UK through safe and legal channels.

“The Nationality and Borders Act will allow us to crack down on abuse of the system and malicious smugglers, who will now face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

“As part of our new partnership on migration and economic development with Rwanda, we are continuing preparations to relocate those who make dangerous, unnecessary and illegal journeys to the UK so that their grievances are taken into account and rebuild their life.”

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