At least 100 migrants including children wrapped in waterproof jackets and hats arrive in Dover


At least 100 migrants including children wrapped in waterproof jackets and bobble hats arrive in Dover – just ONE day after new law came into force threatening traffickers with life in jail

  • The first arrivals, of around 40 people, landed on the beach at Dungeness, Kent at sunrise this morning
  • Around 60 more people were then brought into Dover on Border Force rigid-hull inflatable boats
  • Nationality and Borders Act came into force yesterday, introducing tougher sentencing for people smugglers

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At least 100 migrants including children wrapped in waterproof jackets and bobble hats arrived in Dover this morning – just hours after new law came into force threatening traffickers with life in jail.

The first arrivals, of around 40 people, landed on the beach at Dungeness, Kent at sunrise – with at least four children among them. They were led across the pebbles to safety by UK officials who supplied them with bottles of water.

A further 10 migrants were then brought into Dover on a Border Force rigid-hull inflatable boat (RHIB) at 7.30am.

The all-male group were helped off the vessel by soldiers dressed in camouflage fatigues and their belongings – in rucksacks and bin bags – were carried to safety, before another five Border Force RHIBs brought 50 more men into the harbour over the next hour-and-a-half. 

It comes after the Nationality and Borders Act came into force yesterday, introducing the tougher sentencing for those who smuggle migrants into the UK – up from 14 years imprisonment.

And pressure continues to grow on Home Secretary Priti Patel after migrants landing on Britain’s shores have said in recent weeks they will refuse to board deportation flights to Rwanda, amid fears the policy will not deter people from crossing the Channel. 

The first arrivals landed on the beach at Dungeness, Kent at sunrise - with at least four children among them

The first arrivals landed on the beach at Dungeness, Kent at sunrise – with at least four children among them

A group of migrants are brought ashore by Dungeness Lifeboat at sunrise this morning, having been picked up at around 3.50am

A group of migrants are brought ashore by Dungeness Lifeboat at sunrise this morning, having been picked up at around 3.50am

It comes after the Nationality and Borders Act came into force yesterday, introducing the tougher sentencing for those who smuggle migrants into the UK - up from 14 years imprisonment

It comes after the Nationality and Borders Act came into force yesterday, introducing the tougher sentencing for those who smuggle migrants into the UK – up from 14 years imprisonment

A large number of migrants also arrived in Dover today, after being picked up in the English Channel

A large number of migrants also arrived in Dover today, after being picked up in the English Channel

A young girl was among the group brought into shore by crews at Dungeness, Kent, early this morning

A young girl was among the group brought into shore by crews at Dungeness, Kent, early this morning

Families carried small children as they were brought to shore by lifeboat crews in Dungeness, Kent, this morning

Families carried small children as they were brought to shore by lifeboat crews in Dungeness, Kent, this morning

As the boat approached the harbour in Dover this morning, around 50 soldiers could be seen on hand to assist with Border Force operations

As the boat approached the harbour in Dover this morning, around 50 soldiers could be seen on hand to assist with Border Force operations

A group of migrants are brought ashore in Dungeness, just as the sun begins to rise above the Kent coast this morning

A group of migrants are brought ashore in Dungeness, just as the sun begins to rise above the Kent coast this morning

The first arrivals landed on the beach at Dungeness, Kent at sunrise - with at least four children among them

The first arrivals landed on the beach at Dungeness, Kent at sunrise – with at least four children among them

While today's official figures have yet to be confirmed, the number of people making the perilous journey across the 21-mile Dover Straits today comes as a significant increase from Tuesday

While today’s official figures have yet to be confirmed, the number of people making the perilous journey across the 21-mile Dover Straits today comes as a significant increase from Tuesday

It takes the total number of people rescued trying to reach the UK in dinghies and other small craft to 2,773 so far in June and 12,337 so far this year - more than double the same time last year

It takes the total number of people rescued trying to reach the UK in dinghies and other small craft to 2,773 so far in June and 12,337 so far this year – more than double the same time last year

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

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

As the boat approached the harbour in Dover this morning, around 50 soldiers could be seen on hand to assist with Border Force operations. It is thought the Army personnel are present as part of training.

Those with children were helped off the boat first. One man could be seen carrying a tiny baby dressed in a pink bobble hat in his arms as he disembarked the vessel. 

He was followed by two women – one carrying a sleeping toddler and another carrying a small boy in a red beanie.

Soldiers handed them blankets to wrap around the children once they reached the gangway.

Another family, with a primary school-aged boy and toddler dressed in an all-in-one rain suit, were led along the walkway a short while later.

While today’s official figures have yet to be confirmed, the number of people making the perilous journey across the 21-mile Dover Straits today comes as a significant increase from Tuesday which saw just 25 migrants cross the Channel in one boat, according to data released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

It takes the total number of people rescued trying to reach the UK in dinghies and other small craft to 2,773 so far in June and 12,337 so far this year – more than double the same time last year.

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

Dover MP Natalie Elphicke has 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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