The number of migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats this year exceeds 4,500

More than 4,500 migrants have crossed the English Channel by small boat so far this year, with more than 3,000 arriving in March alone.

March saw 3,066 migrants arrive on British soil – more than the total number of people who made the journey in January, February, March and April combined last year, and more than triple the 831 who arrived in March 2021 .

It is the highest monthly figure since November last year, when 6,869 people made the perilous journey through the 21-mile Strait of Dover.

The total number of migrants to make the treacherous journey across the Channel this year now stands at 4,559 out of 146 boats – a level that was only reached in June 2021.

Migrant crossings are expected to decrease over the next few days as the weather deteriorates, bringing strong winds, poor visibility and rain.

Children wearing life jackets and wrapped in blankets were seen among the groups of migrants being escorted into the port of Dover

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More than 4,500 migrants have crossed the English Channel by small boat so far this year, with more than 3,000 arriving in March alone, Home Office figures show

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A group of people believed to be migrants are brought to Dover, Kent, after being intercepted by Border Force officers following a small boat incident in the English Channel

March saw 3,066 migrants arrive on British soil – more than the total number of people who made the journey in January, February, March and April combined last year, and more than triple the 831 who arrived during the whole of March in 2021

The total number of migrants to make the treacherous journey across the Channel this year now stands at 4,559 out of 146 boats - a level that was only reached in June 2021

The total number of migrants to make the treacherous journey across the Channel this year now stands at 4,559 out of 146 boats – a level that was only reached in June 2021

Yet the weather has not deterred people from flocking to the country.

Monday saw the second highest number of people arriving in the UK by small boat so far this year – with 386 people intercepted or rescued by UK authorities.

The most recent arrivals, which included a number of women and children, arrived in Dover, Kent, with blue blankets wrapped around their shoulders and heads after battling the cold and damp weather in Wed.

A little girl without shoes was among dozens of migrants who arrived in the UK by small boat on Monday afternoon after battling bad weather in the English Channel.

Yesterday’s arrivals, which included a number of women and children, could be seen setting foot in Dover, Kent, with blue blankets wrapped around their shoulders and heads after battling the cold and humidity at sea.

The first group of around 20 people were escorted into the harbor aboard an RNLI vessel before being led along the gangplank for treatment – among them at least seven young children wearing orange life jackets were been taken care of by British officials.

A second group of about 10 migrants arrived on a Border Force black coast shortly afterwards.

Border Force cutter Hunter arrived in Dover shortly after 3 p.m. with around 15 people, while Border Force cutter Seeker escorted a similar-sized group to shore minutes later.

The busiest day this year was March 15, which saw 405 people reach the UK in 12 boats.

The weather has not deterred people from flocking to the country.  Monday saw the second highest number of people arriving in the UK by small boat so far this year - with 386 people intercepted or rescued by UK authorities.  Pictured: Border Force personnel escort new arrivals on Monday

The weather has not deterred people from flocking to the country. Monday saw the second highest number of people arriving in the UK by small boat so far this year – with 386 people intercepted or rescued by UK authorities. Pictured: Border Force personnel escort new arrivals on Monday

The busiest day this year was March 15, which saw 405 people reach the UK in 12 boats.  Pictured: Migrants wearing face masks and wrapped in blankets walk on British soil

The busiest day this year was March 15, which saw 405 people reach the UK in 12 boats. Pictured: Migrants wearing face masks and wrapped in blankets walk on British soil

Newly arrived migrants stand near a bus, chatting with a man wearing a high visibility jacket that reads

Newly arrived migrants stand near a bus, chatting with a man wearing a high visibility jacket that reads ‘Immigration Enforcement’

A record 28,395 migrants reached the <a class=UK illegally last year by taking small boats across the Channel, a 200% increase on the 2020 tally” class=”blkBorder img-share” style=”max-width:100%” />

A record 28,395 migrants reached the UK illegally last year by taking small boats across the Channel, a 200% increase on the 2020 tally

How many migrants reached Britain in 2021, by month?
January 223
February 308
March 831
April 751
May 1,619
June 2,179
July 3,510
August 3,012
September 4,652
October 2,671
November 6,869
December 1,770
Total 28,395

French authorities have also prevented 101 people from reaching the UK.

A total of 28,381 migrants crossed the Strait of Dover last year, significantly more than the 8,410 who arrived in 2020.

If migrants continue to arrive at the same rate this year as in the first three months of 2022, this year’s total numbers are expected to increase dramatically.

Justice and Illegal Migration Minister Tom Pursglove MP said: ‘The increase in dangerous Channel crossings is unacceptable.

“Not only are they a clear abuse of our immigration laws, but they also impact the UK taxpayer, put lives at risk and our ability to help refugees come to the UK through safe and secure channels. legal. Rightly, the British public has had enough.

“Through our Nationality and Borders Bill, we are cracking down on smugglers and fixing the broken system by making it a criminal offense to knowingly arrive in the UK illegally and introducing a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for those who facilitate illegal entry into our campaign.’