Around 80 migrants are brought ashore in Dover today as 3,000 cross the English Channel this month


Around 80 men, women and children are brought ashore in Dover today, after it’s revealed more than 3,000 migrants crossed the English Channel in 75 small boats this month alone

  • Around 80 migrants including children crossed the English Channel today
  • A total of 12,606 people have  made it to Kent in 377 boats so far this year
  •  June could be busiest month so far, with over 3,000 arrivals in 75 small boats
  • A French rescue mission saved two people after a boat got into difficulty

Around 80 migrants crossed the English Channel by small boat today as official figures reveal more than 3,000 have made the treacherous journey this month.

The first group of around 40 people were brought to shore at Dover, Kent around 4am.

A further 40 people were escorted into the harbour on board Border Force vessel Ranger shortly after midday.

The mostly-male group could be seen wrapped thick jackets and blue blankets after battling wet and windy conditions in the Channel.

One man appeared to be suffering from the cold as he sheltered underneath the blanket.

Several small children were spotted among the group clasped close to their parents’ chests, including an infant with a dummy in his mouth.

A man carries a young child as a group of around 40 people are safely brought in to short at Dover, Kent, earlier today

A man carries a young child as a group of around 40 people are safely brought in to short at Dover, Kent, earlier today

Members of Border Force escort over 40 migrants back to Dover after they were picked up by the English Channel Border Force

Members of Border Force escort over 40 migrants back to Dover after they were picked up by the English Channel Border Force

They were led along the gangway by soldiers dressed in camouflage fatigues to be processed by UK officials.

Over the course of June a total of 3,042 people took their lives in their hands as they crossed the 21-mile Dover Straits in 75 boats.

The busiest month so far this year was March which saw 3,066 asylum seekers reach the UK in dinghies or other small craft.

Ministry of Defence data suggests June could become a record month for Channel crossings, with 269 people reported to have reached the Kent coast in six boats yesterday.

The French surveillance and rescue centre (CROSS) in Gris-Nez also identified several boats in difficulty in the Calais Straits yesterday.

The sea-rescue boat Jean Bart II was tasked with intercepting 46 stranded people in the Channel. They were then dropped off at the port of Dunkirk.

A search and rescue operation was launched to aid a boat carrying 40 people which had got into difficulty south of Le Touquet.

Figures reveal that 12,312 people have reached the UK this year in small boats, with many picked up by Border Force vessels such as this one

Figures reveal that 12,312 people have reached the UK this year in small boats, with many picked up by Border Force vessels such as this one

Border Force vessel Ranger dropped off roughly 40 migrants at Dover today, after being picked up in the English channel

Border Force vessel Ranger dropped off roughly 40 migrants at Dover today, after being picked up in the English channel

Two people had jumped into the water to swim back to shore. They were picked up by the French Navy’s Dauphin helicopter and dropped off at Le Touquet.

The 38 migrants who had remained on the vessel were picked up by the boat Jean-Baptiste Fournier and dropped off on the beach of Cucq.

Once they had been returned to the shore, the stranded people were taken care of by the central public security department.

A total of 12,606 people have reached the UK in 377 boats so far this year.

According to official government figures, 28,526 people made the crossing in 2021 – compared to 8,410 who arrived in 2020.

Migrants were given blankets and supported by Border Force officials as they reached Dover today

Migrants were given blankets and supported by Border Force officials as they reached Dover today

Tory MP for Dover Natalie Elphicke said: ‘These shocking figures underline yet again why urgent action is needed.

‘It’s disappointing that the efforts being made by the Government to save lives and stop the people traffickers are being undermined by people who should know better.

‘They should think again and support the action being taken to bring these treacherous journeys to an end.

‘Let’s not forget that these criminal smuggling gangs have a callous disregard for everyone.

‘Too many lives have been lost in doomed attempts to cross the English Channel. It needs to end.’

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