Up to 300 migrants arrive in Dover as Channel crossings resume

Up to 300 migrants arrive in Dover as Channel crossings resume

Up to 300 migrants arrive in Dover as Channel crossings resume after week-long break with total nearing 37,000 for the year so far

  • Three Border Force boats – each carrying around 100 people – arrived in Dover 
  • The latest group were escorted into harbour at around 12pm on cutter Hurricane
  • The latest arrivals are the first to make the perilous journey in almost a week

Around 300 migrants crossed the English Channel by small boat before midday today.

While the government is yet to release the official figures for Tuesday, three Border Force boats – each carrying around 100 people – arrived in Dover, Kent, this morning.

The latest group were escorted into the harbour at around 12pm on Border Force cutter Hurricane.

Wearing red life jackets, the migrants were led off the boat and along the gangway to be taken to the processing centre at Manston near Ramsgate, Kent.

The latest arrivals are the first to make the perilous journey in almost a week after wet weather and choppy conditions at sea put a temporary pause on Channel crossings.

The last crossing came on October 12 when 856 people reached the UK in 19 boats – an average of 45 people per vessel.

This was the second busiest day this month, after October 9 when 1,065 people reached British soil in 25 inflatable dinghies and other small craft.

While the government is yet to release the official figures for Tuesday, three Border Force boats – each carrying around 100 people – arrived in Dover, Kent, this morning

Wearing red life jackets, the migrants were led off the boat and along the gangway to be taken to the processing centre at Manston near Ramsgate, Kent

According to official data released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), a total of 36,463 migrants have made the treacherous journey across the 21-mile Dover Straits so far this year – 3,462 of those arrived in October alone.

This year’s figures have already surpassed the total for 2021 which saw 28,526 people cross the Channel by small boat, and 2020 when just 8,410 asylum seekers arrived in the UK.

The numbers are expected to continue rising today as human traffickers take advantage of calm weather conditions at sea.

Temperatures in the English Channel are expected to reach highs of 18°C, while wind speeds remain low at around 20mph.

The Government believes it can tackle the small boat crisis ‘within the current law’, MPs have heard.

Conservative MP for Blackpool South Scott Benton asked in the Commons: ‘It’s becoming pretty clear that we can’t get a grip of a small boats crisis and deliver significant reform to our asylum system without reforming the Human Rights Act. What is the Government’s plan?’

According to official data released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), a total of 36,463 migrants have made the treacherous journey across the 21-mile Dover Straits so far this year – 3,462 of those arrived in October alone

This year’s figures have already surpassed the total for 2021 which saw 28,526 people cross the Channel by small boat, and 2020 when just 8,410 asylum seekers arrived in the UK

Justice minister Gareth Johnson replied: ‘It is the Government’s position that we can tackle this significant problem within the current law.

‘He will be aware that there are two judicial reviews that are pending at the moment but we are committed to the European Convention on Human Rights.

‘We are committed to the UN convention on refugees, and we believe that our proposals are within the law, and no court has said otherwise.’

It comes after an investigation found Albanian migrants are working at cannabis farms within three days of crossing the Channel.

The men are being actively recruited by drug lords to cultivate cannabis in empty houses and industrial buildings that have been converted into production sites following their release from detention.

The migrants, the majority of whom are men in their 20s, carry out the work to help pay £5,000 debts owed to Kurdish people smugglers following treacherous journeys in dinghies across the Channel.

The men are being actively recruited by drug lords to cultivate cannabis in empty houses and industrial buildings

The Ministry of Justice revealed that a record £1.2 million has been spent in the last year alone to provide Albanian translators to communicate legal proceedings to suspected criminals – more than double the figure five years ago.

That surge comes as the number of Albanians locked up in prisons in England and Wales has also soared from 726 to 1,500.

Speaking to Albanian TV’s A2CNN, one migrant said he was working in London after spending a week in ‘mountains’ in France after three attempts to cross the Channel were blocked by authorities – who punctured the inflatable boats he had planned to use.

As he made a fourth attempt, he had to be rescued by the UK coastguard after his packed dinghy ran out of petrol, The Telegraph reports.

He told the documentary: ‘We were kept for three days in a detention centre then transferred to a hotel. I managed to talk with my relative who came and took me from the hotel. 

‘I am working in a cannabis house to pay the money I borrowed to pay for the journey on the boat.’

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