More migrants have arrived in Dover this morning after a Border Force ship Ranger arrived with nearly 30 migrants on board after being picked up from rough seas in the Channel – days after about 600 arrived on British shores.
The young male migrants arrived wrapped in blankets, clutching wallets and carrying their shoes with onlookers who said they appeared wet.
The new arrivals bring the preliminary total of migrants who have made the perilous crossing from the Channel to the UK by boat to 20,042.
“The migrants arrived with blankets and shoes because they all seemed wet from the journey,” said one onlooker.
The sea is reported to be choppy, so further crossings – at least for today – are unlikely.
They arrived in Dover this morning (Monday 15th August) after being landed by Border Force
Migrants were seen with blankets and their belongings getting off the boats
They were forced to take off their shoes in favor of flip-flops after their shoes got soaked during the dangerous crossing
Those who came ashore exchanged their shoes for slippers as onlookers said their belongings appeared to have gotten wet
Photos show people getting off the boats with blankets over their shoulders after they appear to get wet as they make the perilous journey across the Channel from France.
They were all wearing face masks and life jackets when they were brought ashore by the BF Ranger.
The images show the migrants, the majority of whom appeared to be men, huddled together with their belongings clutched as border agents look on.
It comes just days after some 607 migrants arrived in Dover on Saturday (Aug 13) after being intercepted by Border Force.
A group of 39 migrants made up of young men and women and some older adults landed in the port around 6.30am on Friday (Aug. 12), followed hours later by a further 100 asylum seekers.
Earlier in the week, 261 migrants took advantage of calm conditions to risk the small boat journey to the UK, bringing the official total crossed in August to 2,608.
So far this year, more than 20,000 people have crossed Dover’s 21-mile strait in small boats, government figures show.
Border Force Brought About 25 Migrants To Shore In Dover After Dangerous Crossing
Bystanders say they were wearing blankets and shoes that seemed wet from the crossing
They were all wearing face masks when they disembarked from the boats that brought them ashore
Border Force agents were on hand to lead the newcomers as they entered Dover
According to recent figures, nearly 19,000 migrants have sailed across Dover’s 21-mile strait in small boats so far this year.
They wore blankets to keep warm after the dangerous crossing of the Channel
According to the Ministry of Defense, there have been 3,618 exceedances recorded in August so far and 1,694 in the past week.
The highest daily total for this year was recorded on August 1, when 696 people made the crossing in 14 boats.
Some 28,526 people made the treacherous journey in 2021 — compared to 8,410 who arrived in 2020, according to official government figures.
A government spokesman has previously said: ‘The increase in dangerous Channel crossings is unacceptable.
“Not only are they an open violation of our immigration laws, but they also risk lives and hinder our ability to help refugees who come to the UK via safe and legal routes.
“The Nationality and Borders Act allows us to crack down on the abuse of the system and the malicious smugglers, who are now sentenced to a maximum sentence of life.
“As part of our new partnership for migration and economic development with Rwanda, we are continuing preparations to relocate those making dangerous, unnecessary and illegal journeys to the UK so that their claims can be considered and their lives restored. built up.’
The footage shows the migrants, the majority of whom appeared to be men, huddled together and clutching their belongings as border agents look on
They wore life jackets and wrapped in blankets while holding wet belongings
Newcomers come after it was revealed last week how people smugglers launched a £1,500 per person ‘summer sale’ to illegally cross the Channel in a dinghy
About 28,526 people made the treacherous journey in 2021 – compared to 8,410 who arrived in 2020, according to official government figures
It comes after it was revealed this week how people smugglers have launched a £1,500 per person ‘summer sale’ to illegally cross the Channel in a dinghy – mainly targeting Albanians exploiting a loophole in Britain’s anti-slavery laws – and advertised on TikTok.
MPs have demanded ministers redouble their efforts to deport migrants to Rwanda following a wave of Albanians using small boats to enter Britain, lured by the slashed prices.
The price for crossing the Channel appears to have fallen from almost £20,000 to £5,000 to £3,500 per person. In some cases, it was as low as £1,500 to fill inflatable boats landing on the Kent coast.
Leaked figures have shown that migrants from the Balkan country now make up four in ten arrivals from northern France, with 1,075 Albanians arriving in the UK in the six weeks to 12 July aboard dinghies and small boats.
They made up 37.5 percent of all migrants smuggled into the UK by gangs in small boats during the period – and now overshadow all other nationalities, including Afghans, Iranians, Iraqis and Syrians.
Tory backbenchers have called on the next prime minister to act urgently.
Natalie Elphicke, Tory MP for Dover, said: ‘It is clear that many Albanians who come to the UK in small boats are not fleeing war or persecution – they are economic migrants.
“This is blatant crime and it underlines the urgency to move forward with Rwanda and similar plans.”
MEPs demand a restart of Rwanda’s plan as soon as possible as traffickers ‘entice migrants to race to Britain before replacing Boris Johnson’
The Rwanda plan was championed by Interior Minister Priti Patel
Albanian migrants are being tricked by ruthless smugglers into making dangerous crossings across the Channel before Britain’s next prime minister takes office.
Those making the perilous journey are warned that a new leader will stop all crossings with patrols, while also lowering their charges from £10,000 to £2,000.
MPs last night called on ministers to redouble their efforts to deport migrants to Rwanda following a wave of Albanians using small boats to enter Britain.
Leaked figures show that migrants from the Balkan country – a NATO member seeking to join the EU – now make up four in ten arrivals from northern France.
The escalation saw 1,075 Albanians arrive in the UK aboard dinghies and small boats in the six weeks to 12 July.
They made up 37.5 percent of all migrants smuggled into the UK by gangs in small boats during the period – eclipsing all other nationalities, including Afghans, Iranians, Iraqis and Syrians.