Channel migrant crossings pass 1,000 this year already – FIVE times the figure for last January – as more including children risk their lives to make dangerous journey from France
A group of migrants including small children have been intercepted this morning after dozens crossed the Channel by boat on Sunday – taking the tally for the year so far over 1,000.
Onlookers estimate Border Force intercepted or rescued around 90 people from at least three boats yesterday afternoon with photos also showing another large group brought in this morning.
The numbers rescued in the past 24 hours are expected to take the total for January so far to more than 1,000 – fives times the 223 who arrived in the same month last year.
Tot dusver vanjaar, official figures show that 965 migrants have crossed the Channel in 33 boats but the Home Office is yet to confirm how many arrived yesterday.
More have made the perilous journey today with one boat intercepted as of 10am.
Deteriorating weather conditions mean it is expected to be a quieter day than Sunday which saw huge catamaran Hurricane and large cutter Searcher monitoring the 21-mile Dover Strait all day.
Op die foto: A group of migrants including small children have been intercepted this morning after dozens crossed the Channel on Sunday – taking the tally for the year so far over 1,000
Border Force officers were pictured bringing the group of about a dozen migrants to safety
Op die foto: The group of migrants rescued this morning included a number of small children
The number of migrants to have arrived so far this year is estimated to be more than 1,000
Gister, a coastguard spotter plane flying over the Channel reported a sighting of several migrants in severe distress around midday.
The pilots reported seeing migrants desperately trying to evacuate water and blow air back into their doomed dinghy which had sprung a leak.
One group of migrants was saved by the UK Border Force vessel ‘Hurricane’ after air began to escape from the small inflatable boat they were using to make the perilous journey.
The last group of migrants was brought into harbour packed onto the back of the RNLI’s Dover Lifeboat around 8pm last night.
One man appeared emotional as he carried his young son, aged around three wearing a red all-in-one, on his shoulders to dry land.
Another little boy wearing a woolly hat and draped in a blanket was carried in his father’s arms to safety.
They are the first migrants to arrive since 24 people made the treacherous trip in one boat last Wednesday.
Due to adverse conditions, it is not expected many will brave the perilous journey today
Op die foto: The group of migrants in Border Force vessel Speedwell being brought to safety
During the early hours of Sunday, French Navy public service patrol boat (PSP) Pluvier rescued a boat of 10 migrants in difficulty off Dunkirk and returned them to Calais, according to the Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea.
The Home Office is yet to release official figures for today or Sunday.
In totaal, 'n geskatte 28,381 people crossed the Channel in 2021, more than treble the 8,400 that arrived in 2020.
It comes after it was reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave Home Secretary Priti Patel the green light to develop new powers that would allow male asylum seekers crossing the Narrow Sea to be held in immigration removal centres.
The Government meanwhile was accused of ‘cowardice’ earlier this week after it was revealed that the Home Office plans to publish a running total of migrant crossings just four time a year, rather than on a daily basis.
Ten minste 28,381 migrants arrived in England after crossing the Channel in 2021 – treble the number that made the journey in 2020, despite considerable investment from both UK and French authorities to prevent crossings.
The number of migrants that have arrived this month has already eclipsed last year’s total
UK authorities have intercepted more than 1,000 migrants so far this year – more than three times the 223 in Januarie 2021. Laas jaar 28,381 people were intercepted in the Channel in total
The Prime Minister is said to be clamping down on the number of migrants crossing into the UK via the Channel, after it was reported yesterday he had encouraged Priti Patel to proceed with a policy of detaining all male migrants.
Though the Home Office has not published a breakdown of Channel migrants by age or gender, Miss Patel claims that seven in ten of all people who cross the Narrow Sea are single men under 40.
Mr Johnson’s new gung-ho attitude to border security is part of a series of populist policies which are intended to shore up his tottering premiership as the embattled Tory leader faces calls to quit over the ‘Partygate’ lockdown scandal enveloping Westminster.
Miss Patel is working closely with Attorney-General Suella Braverman to establish what current laws would allow on detention and what new powers would be needed to be approved by MPs, volgens The Times.
Currently only migrants who land on the UK coast are breaking the law and can be detained, rather than those intercepted in the Channel.
An announcement is due next month as part of wider plans for the Royal Navy to takeover operational control of Channel crossings.
Op die foto: The RNLI were among those helping to bring migrants to safety yesterday evening
It is estimated more than 90 were rescued yesterday although the Home Office is yet to confirm the official figure. Op die foto: a man carries a toddler off the Border Force boat last night
What happens when someone arrives in the UK after crossing the Channel?
By Rory Tingle
The vast majority of people crossing the Channel in small boats claim asylum, according to the Refugee Council. At this point the process for what happens varies depending on whether they are an adult, unaccompanied minor or a family unit.
1 – Immediately transferred to a short-term holding facility dotted around the country, generally in southern England. Fingerprints are taken and they have a screening interview where they provide their name, date of birth and nationality. This registers them into the asylum system.
2 – One or two days later the asylum seekers would usually be sent to a hostel run by the Home Office, but in the last few years these have become full so officials are using hotels.
3 – Two to three weeks later they are dispersed to a town or city anywhere in the UK into ‘housing in the community’ – although these time scales have stretched recent years. Daarbenewens, dispersal accommodation has often been full so the Home Office has relied on rented accomodation from three private providers. The asylum seekers receive housing and £39.63 a week as a cash allowance.
4 – The asylum seekers are issued with a form called a preliminary information questionnaire (PIC) where they are asked why they have a fear of persecution. At some point they are invited to the Home Office for substantive interview where they will be asked questions based on information from their screening interview and PIC form.
4 – If the initial decision is a refusal, the applicant can appeal to an independent tribunal. Their accommodation and support would continue.
5 – If they get an initial refusal and they don’t appeal or their appeal is refused they become what’s known in official jargon as ‘appeal rights exhausted’. The Home Office will send them a letter saying they will be evicted and the weekly support will stop.
6 – They have the option of signing up to the Voluntary Return Scheme, under which the Home Office will pay for their flights. If they don’t sign up they are liable to being picked up and detained by immigration officers and perhaps forcibly removed. But they are not enough detention spaces for people in that situation so they often become homeless and destitute, the Refugee Council said.
Kinders (onder 18) are sent to a short term holding facility for a much shorter amount of time and then transferred into the care of a local authority. They are allocated a social worker and accomodation.
The Home Office cannot remove minors if they have been separated from their parents. Egter, if their asylum claim is unsuccessful they could be given a form of leave to remain until they are 17 sy het beskryf dat sy 'twee moeders' het.
The only slight difference is that if a family become an ‘appeal rights exhausted’ case the Home Office wouldn’t evict them from the accommodation or stop their financial support.
These plans would be accompanied with powers to remove Channel migrants from the UK, including proposals to ‘outsource’ asylum claims to third countries.
'N Woordvoerder van die Binnelandse Sake het gesê: ‘The British public have had enough of seeing people die in the Channel while ruthless criminal gangs profit from their misery and our New Plan for Immigration will fix the broken system which encourages migrants to make this lethal journey.’
UK authorities have intercepted more than 800 migrants so far this year — more than three times the 223 who sailed across the Narrow Sea in January 2021.
Laas jaar, 28,381 people were intercepted in the Channel, in vergelyking met net 8,410 in 2020.
Home Office officials have warned Miss Patel that 65,000 migrants could cross the Channel this year – more than double last year’s 28,300 record number.
It comes after the Government was accused of trying to ‘cover up’ the migrant crisis after it was reported that the Home Office will soon stop issuing daily totals of migrant crossings in favour of announcing a running total at three-month intervals.
The Home Office currently issues the data after arrivals have been processed by the UK Border Force, typically on the following day, but this could stop when the Ministry of Defence (MoD) takes over operations to intercept migrants.
The move has drawn criticism from Tory MPs – with one saying it ‘seems more like burying bad news than being transparent about crossings.
Another anonymous Conservative said: ‘It just looks like covering up, and no doubt journalists will come up with their own figures based on people arriving at Tughaven [the migrant processing centre in Dover] and Freedom of Information requests.’
Alp Mehmet, chairman of Migration Watch UK which campaigns for tougher border controls, bygevoeg: ‘This is a cowardly act. It just shows the Government is running scared.
‘I’m very surprised at Priti Patel, and the British people deserve better from her.
‘Do they really think they can hide the figures from the electorate when all this takes place in the open on our beaches and at our ports?
‘The Home Office can’t simply pretend this problem is not happening, and hope it will go away.’
Internal Home Office documents show officials are planning for a ‘worst case scenario’ of up to 65,000 arrivals this year.
Dover’s Conservative MP Natalie Elphicke said: ‘We need to continue with daily updates.
‘To start reporting them on any other basis I don’t think will be acceptable, particularly for such an important and immediate issue.
‘Not having accurate daily figures risks misinformation being spread about the number of arrivals, and that would be highly damaging to the attempts to try to solve this long-standing crisis.’
Philip Hollobone, another Tory backbencher who is MP for Kettering, gesê: ‘Any attempt to hide the scale of the problem will raise alarm bells among everyone who is concerned about this.
‘Maximum transparency is demanded here. The public wants to know the daily arrivals figures.
‘Until the daily figure goes down to zero, they will not be satisfied.
‘Trying to cover up the scale of the problem is helping no-one but the Government.’
Mr Hollobone said he would raise his concerns formally with the Home Office.
‘Its strategy to stop people trafficking across the Channel isn’t working. Until we can take people back to France the numbers will keep on going up,' hy het bygevoeg.