More than 450 migrants crossed the English Channel in two weeks, new data show, as about a dozen people were rescued and brought to Dover today.
Total 271 the migrants were confirmed to have made the dangerous crossing on Thursday – they were brought in the total number of arrivals so far this year is 458.
The total number of migrant arrivals yesterday was more than the total for January last year – when 223 people in 15 boats sailed the English Channel in 31 days.
More than 28,381 people crossed the English Channel in the United Kingdom throughout 2021, compared with 8,400 in 2020.
It comes when footage from this morning shows the RNLI lifeboat that brought a group of migrants to Dover in the early hours of 6C (42F).
Sea temperatures, meanwhile, were around 9.5C (49F). Experts say the average person can afford to be in such cold water for “between five and ten minutes” before risking hypothermia.
Meanwhile, the RNLI lifeboat brought about 45 migrants ashore last night at Dungeness, the first crossing of its kind so far this year.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, the French authorities also prevented 75 people from traveling dangerously across the Dovra Strait in three incidents.
Those who arrived in Dover this morning, all looking men, were seen wrapped in thick coats as they were brought ashore from a lifeboat.
Those brought ashore in Dungeness, all allegedly men and all claiming to be from Syria, were escorted from the RNLI lifeboat before being taken to border force personnel for processing.
More than 450 migrants have crossed the English Channel in two weeks, new figures show, with around a dozen people rescued and brought to Dover today (pictured)
Footage from this morning shows the RNLI rescue boat that brought a group of migrants to Dover in the early hours when air temperatures were up to 6C (42F)
The RNLI lifeboat brought about 45 migrants to shore last night at Dungeness – the first crossing of its kind so far this year.
The Minister for Justice and the Fight against Illegal Migration, MP Tom Pursglove, said: “People fleeing persecution should seek security in the first safe country they reach and not risk their lives by paying criminal gangs to cross the English Channel.
“This government is reforming our approach to illegal entry into the UK and asylum by making difficult decisions to end the apparent exploitation of our laws and their impact on UK taxpayers.
“It is justified for the public to have enough obvious disregard for our immigration laws and we are introducing the necessary long-term changes.
“The Citizenship and Borders Act will criminalize knowingly illegal landing in the United Kingdom as a criminal offense and introduce life imprisonment for those who allow illegal entry into the country.
“It will also strengthen the powers of border forces to stop and divert vessels, while introducing new powers to remove asylum seekers so that their applications can be processed outside the United Kingdom.”
The young boy and baby, wrapped in a blanket, were among up to 80 migrants who arrived on the British coast on Thursday, the fifth day in a row of the dangerous crossings of the English Channel.
The boy, who was depicted hand in hand with another migrant and a border police officer, was among a group of migrants who were escorted to dry land in Dover around 1 p.m.
Shortly after 3 pm, another 27 migrants were brought to the Dover marina. A young girl dressed in a navy polka dot coat cried hysterically after waking him from a deep sleep that a border police officer had taken him to the crossing.
She was with two other men and women, along with a young boy wearing a red jacket who looked uncomfortable on his feet.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, the French authorities also prevented 75 people from traveling dangerously across the Dovra Strait in three incidents. Pictured: Migrants arriving in Dover today
The group arrived in thick jackets and was brought ashore before being treated by border guards
Along with the rescued migrants, a small boat was brought to Dover, from which a group of migrants was expelled.
An RNLI lifeboat brought migrants to the coast of Dover after rescuing a group from the English Channel in the early hours of the morning
These crossings followed the arrival of a group of migrants this morning. Among them was a baby wrapped in a blanket. They have arrived after supposed to be in a thick fog in English Channel there were dozens of people on the roof.
Men, women and children were brought to Dover before dawn today by the RNLI lifeboat, which was cold and tired during freezing as it helped them ashore. immigration officials and paramedics.
The group was brought ashore by the RNLB City of London II Dover rescue boat around 6am yesterday night after a night trip.
One man was carrying a baby with a white woolen hat wrapped in a brown blanket as they disembarked, followed by a woman and a boy. Doctors helped another woman get to the passage for treatment.
About an hour later, a Dungeness-based RNLI lifeboat called The Morrell brought in another group of migrants, mostly men dressed in thick winter coats.
Arrival of the group shortly after 1 p.m. disembarked the large Hurricane catamaran of the frontier forces and escorted them to the transition for processing.
Another boat was supposed to be intercepted a few miles from Dungeness in Kent at about the same time, meaning it crossed to nine today.
They were transferred to a border force vessel that took them along the coast to Dover. It is not known how many migrants were on board each boat.
During arrivals at 3 p.m., there was a young girl dressed in a navy blue polka dot coat who was crying hysterically after waking him from a deep sleep to be taken to the crossing by a border police officer.
She was with a man and a woman – followed by a boy dressed in a red jacket restlessly on his feet, and another man and woman.
The families were followed by another 21 men at the expected last crossing of the day. A spokesman for the Maritime and Coast Guard Agency confirmed that she had sent her plane into an early search and rescue incident off the coast of Kent.
The young boy and baby, wrapped in a blanket, were among up to 80 migrants who arrived on the British coast yesterday, the fifth day in a row of dangerous crossings of the English Channel. The boy, who was depicted hand in hand with another migrant and a border police officer, was among a group of migrants who were escorted to dry land in Dover at around 1 pm yesterday.
The group disembarked from the large Hurricane border catamaran and was escorted to the processing
At least 80 migrants are expected to arrive off the coast of the United Kingdom today. Above: A boy is spotted yesterday among the migrants who were escorted to Dover
A man carrying a sleeping baby wrapped in a blanket to the coast when several migrants arrived in Dover, Kent, yesterday morning
Yesterday morning, after a dangerous journey across the English Channel, the group was brought to shore by the RNLI lifeboat in Dover.
They said: “The HM Coast Guard coordinated the search and rescue response to the Kent incident, working with border forces, Kent Police and other partners. We sent a Coast Guard plane and a Dover RNLI lifeboat. ‘
It comes after the first transition in 2022 on January 4, when 66 migrants arrived, and another 96 on Monday.
Last year, a record 28,381 people arrived in Britain from the north France with the dangerous crossing of the English Channel, a huge increase by 8,410 who set out on a journey in 2020.
November 2021 was the worst tragedy since the start of the crisis, when 27 men, women and children died after their dinghy sank in cold waters.
Dovre MP Natalie Elphicke told ITV on Good Morning Britain yesterday: “It is dangerous and inhumane to allow this trade, this trafficking across the English Channel every day, because it is incredibly dangerous and people have died.
“Every day it goes on is life-threatening – and the real, compassionate thing is to protect people by staying safe on land in France and turning back when they leave the water in France, straight back to France where they can be cared for in this safe country.
“In France, people are safe. We should stay in France, and it is right that we tackle this crisis and end it, to ensure that vulnerable people do not endanger their lives. ‘