Dozens of migrants are picked up in English Channel

Dozens of migrants including young children and baby are picked up in English Channel as number arriving in UK tops 5,000 since January – more than DOUBLE same period last year

  • Around 100 migrants intercepted today, according to eyewitness estimates
  • More making the crossing this afternoon are set to be detained in Dover, Kent
  • Immigration Enforcement officer seen carrying a baby no more than a year old 
  • It comes after 80 migrants intercepted yesterday, taking 2021’s total to 5,087

Dozens of migrants including young children and a baby have been picked up in the English Channel this morning after it was revealed the number arriving in the UK since January has topped 5,000 – more than double the same period last year.

The latest arrivals included toddlers who, if unaccompanied, will be relocated to other local authorities by the Home Office after Kent County Council said it could not accept anymore unaccompanied asylum seeking children from Monday.

Around 100 migrants have been intercepted so far today, according to eyewitness estimates, with more making the crossing set to be detained this afternoon.

A little boy with a milk bottle appeared to be with a woman carrying a dummy. One crossing intercepted around 10.30am seemed to be filled with young children.

An Immigration Enforcement officer was seen carrying a baby no more than a year old in her arms as they escorted the migrants up the gangway at Dover Marina in Kent for processing.

Migrants are pictured arriving at Dover Marina in Kent this morning after crossing the English Channel. Around 100 migrants have been intercepted so far today, according to eyewitnesses 

Migrants including children and a baby were picked up in the Channel today. The first rigid hulled inflatable boat of the day was brought in at around 10am in soaring heat at the harbour

An Immigration Enforcement officer was seen carrying a baby no more than a year old in her arms as they escorted the migrants up the gangway at Dover Marina in Kent

Other Border Force officers carried a young boy wearing a lifejacket and held the hands of three more children.

The first rigid hulled inflatable boat of the day was brought in at around 10am in soaring heat at the harbour.

The Home Office is yet to confirm exactly how many people have made the treacherous 21-mile trip across the world’s busiest shipping lanes today. 

Around 25 migrants were seen sat in the front and back of Border Force cutter Alert. It was followed by at least two more boats shortly afterwards.  

It comes after 80 migrants were intercepted in three boats yesterday, taking the total to arrive this year to 5,087.

The first group was brought into Dover Marina around 8am on the back of Border Force cutter Hunter.

At least ten migrants – some huddled in blankets and carrying their possessions in rucksacks – were seen on board.

They disembarked and were escorted up the gangway for processing by Immigration Enforcement officers.


The latest arrivals included toddlers who, if unaccompanied, will be relocated to other local authorities by the Home Office after Kent County Council said it could not accept anymore unaccompanied asylum seeking children from Monday

A little boy with a milk bottle appeared to be with a woman carrying a dummy. One crossing intercepted around 10.30am seemed to be filled with young children

Two young girls were seen on the mooring after being brought in off the next boat shortly after 11am.

One was given white flip flops due to being barefooted when arriving alongside a woman, who was also wearing a red woolly hat and cuddling a blanket.

On Monday, 110 people were intercepted crossing the Dover Strait which took the total to 5,007 and surpassed the landmark figure.

Just 1,865 migrants were picked up by Border Force in the same period from January 1 to June 14 last year, which turned out to be a record year with 8,410 eventually making crossings last year.

Dover and Deal MP Natalie Elphicke called for ‘more robust deterrents’ to ensure migrants crossing the Channel by small boat know ‘they have no chance of breaking into Britain in this way’.

More migrants making the crossing this afternoon are set to be detained. The Home Office is yet to confirm exactly how many people have made the treacherous trip today

Reacting to the news of more than 5,000 migrants arriving in 2021, she said yesterday: ‘Small boats crossings have gone on for too long. It’s time these crossings came to an end.

‘We should look at more robust deterrents that have been adopted elsewhere – notably in Australia, where a robust stance has saved lives and massively reduced illegal immigration activity.

‘Everyone knows that these crossings will only come to an end when migrants know that they have no chance of breaking into Britain in this way, and the criminal gangs stop profiting from them.’

A Home Office spokesman said: ‘Criminal gangs are putting profits before people’s lives through these dangerous and unnecessary crossings.

‘Almost 5,000 people have been prevented from making the dangerous crossing so far this year and we are cracking down on the despicable criminal gangs behind people smuggling.

‘Inaction is not an option whilst people are dying. The Government is bringing legislation forward through our New Plan for Immigration which will break the business model of these heinous people smuggling networks and save lives.’

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