Migrants land in UK as stats show crossings SIX TIMES higher than 2020
More migrants risk their lives in flimsy tourists’ inflatable boat to cross the Channel as 2021 total nears 20,000 and figures show crossings last month were SIX TIMES higher than the year before
- Migrants pictured with inflatable raft arriving in Dover Marina, Kent on Tuesday
- A mere 475 made the crossing in October 2020, compared to 2,669 last month
- Increase means a total of 19,741 migrants have made the crossing so far this year
- September saw the highest monthly total with 3,879 making the journey
Dozens of migrants have been pictured arriving into the UK today as the number of those making the perilous journey across the Channel this year nears 20,000.
The large group were intercepted and brought ashore in Dover, Kent on Border Force’s cutter Hunter on Tuesday morning.
Pictures showed the desperate migrants’ would-be vessel, a floral and flimsy-looking inflatable raft that would likely be used by holidaymakers.
Around 12 men were sat in a white and blue rigid hulled inflatable boat being towed into harbour by Border Force shortly after 8am. They were followed by another 10 people draped in blue blankets for warmth around 45 minutes later.
A third group consisting of around eight migrants wearing orange lifejackets were brought in on a Border Force boat shortly afterwards.
It comes as there new figures showed a near sixfold increase in the number of migrants crossing the Channel compared to October last year.
Dozens more migrants have risked their lives undertaking the perilous crossing in the English Channel aboard flimsy inflatable rafts (pictured left). Right: The group in Dover, Kent
The group, who are pictured above largely wearing masks, saw their vessel intercepted by Border Force on Tuesday morning
The migrants chat and smile as they are pictured aboard Border Force’s cutter Hunter on Tuesday morning
A mere 475 made the crossing in October 2020, compared to 2,669 that made the journey despite poor weather conditions last month. Above: Migrants in Dover, Kent on Tuesday
So far in 2021, 19,742 migrants have successfully made the dangerous journey, dwarfing the 8,410 who arrived the previous year.
The Home Office has been contacted to confirm how many migrants have arrived today.
Should more than 258 arrive today, the total figure for this year would exceed the landmark of 20,000.
More are expected to make the perilous 21-mile journey across the Dover Strait throughout the day due to good visibility – but conditions at sea remain choppy.
The RNLI’s Dover Lifeboat went out around 9.30am and is believed to be rescuing around 40 more migrants.
They are among the first arrivals in a week since 145 arrived in five boats last Tuesday (October 26).
Stormy weather has made the treacherous trip even more life-threatening – as tragically shown when at least one migrant was presumed dead in an emergency incident off Harwich, Essex.
Their very tiny boat is believed to have drifted off course in the high winds and could have been at sea for as long as 72 hours before two migrants were rescued.
It comes as new Home Office stats showed a mere 475 migrants crossed the Channel in October 2020, compared to 2,669 that made the perilous journey despite poor weather conditions last month.
The massive increase means that a total of 19,741 migrants have made the crossing so far this year, double the 8,420 that arrived in the whole of 2020.
The Home Office also revealed the French authorities intercepted 15,000 crossings with an interception rate of 43 per cent.
September saw the highest monthly total with 3,879 migrants making the dangerous crossing.
It is estimated that the annual total could reach 22,000, triple that of last year, according to the Times.
Masked migrants are brought to shore by Border Force officials aboard their cutter Hunter
The large group are taken ashore in Dover, Kent for processing by Border Force officials on Tuesday, November 2
More are expected to make the perilous 21-mile journey across the Dover Strait throughout the day due to good visibility – but conditions at sea remain choppy
There are allegedly around 2,000 migrants near Calais waiting for people smugglers.
Many are living in ‘desperate’ conditions as the cold winter months approach and are risking their lives daily trying to board dinghies and lorries.
The UK’s clandestine Channel threat commander, Dan O’Mahoney, said: ‘These dangerous, illegal and unnecessary crossings are facilitated by violent criminal gangs profiting from misery, and more people will die as long as they continue.
‘We are working with the French to stop boats leaving their beaches and crack down on the criminals driving these crossings.
‘Our broken asylum system acts as a magnet for illegal migrants. The government’s new plan for immigration will fix the system, making it firm on those who abuse it and fair on those in genuine need.’
Priti Patel wants to grant Border Force officers immunity from prosecution if migrants die during her new operation to ‘turn back’ small boats crossing the Channel.
The Home Secretary has previously approved the plan which would see migrants boats intercepted and turned back to France by officers on jet skis.
A mere 475 made the crossing in October 2020, compared to 2,669 that made the journey despite poor weather conditions last month
September saw the highest monthly total with 3,879 migrants making the dangerous crossing
Currently, sailors are obliged to rescue ‘a person in distress at sea’ under international maritime laws and failure to do so could result in up to two years in prison.
But the government is trying to pass the Nationality and Borders Bill through Parliament, which would give Border Force officials immunity from prosecution during the ‘turnback’ operations.
The plans have been criticised by opposition MPs, and charities, while France has branded the tactics ‘illegal’.
Border Force currently has existing powers to intercept migrant boats attempting to cross the Channel once they reach UK waters.
Source: Read Full Article