Another 100 migrants are set to arrive on UK shores today on one of the busiest days of 2021 so far for small boat Channel crossings
- At least four small boats were intercepted by Border Force in the Channel today
- Photographs also show men waving from the back of a bus near Dover, Kent
- HMC Hunter seen bringing at least 30 migrants to shore from English Channel
Another 100 migrants are expected to arrive on UK shores today on what could be one of the busiest days of 2021 so far for Channel crossings.
At least four small boats had been intercepted by Border Force at 9am today, with three others spotted making the treacherous journey across the English Channel.
Immigration Enforcement officials were seen bringing around seven migrants to shore at Dover, Kent, through foggy conditions at 6am on Tuesday.
At least 10 others were helped from the back of Border Force cutter Alert an hour later, with the HMC Hunter then seen arriving with at least 30 migrants on board.
Images captured the men, women and children wearing face masks and wrapped in blankets as they were escorted up the gangway for processing.
Border Force cutters Hunter and Alert were today seen escorting migrants to Dover, Kent
At least four small boats had been intercepted by Border Force by 9am, with three others spotted making the treacherous journey across the English Channel
Those on board the HMC Hunter were wrapped up warm from the crossing as they arrived
The Home Office has not yet confirmed how many migrants arrived this morning. Pictured: Arrivals on Tuesday
Photographs from Dover later showed several men waving from a bus as they waited to be transported to temporary holding facilities.
The Home Office has not yet confirmed how many migrants arrived today.
It comes after 10 others were detained while making the journey to Dover by small boat on Sunday – in the first successful crossing in two weeks.
Stormy conditions at sea have caused a lull in arrivals following the busiest day of the year so far, when 115 were brought to shore on March 8.
Photographs from Dover also showed a group of men waving from a bus as they waited to be transported to temporary holding facilities earlier today
Pictured: Men wave from the inside of a bus leaving Dover Harbour following arrivals today
Young children were among those who arrived at Dover, Kent after crossing the Channel
Today is expected to be one of the busiest days of 2021 so far for small boat Channel crossings
The Border Force cutter Hunter arrives in Dover today with at least 30 migrants on board
There were an estimated 30 people on board the HMC Hunter when it was brought to shore
But a single boat managed to make its way to British shores through rough waves at around 8am on Sunday.
Young children were among those brought to Dover, Kent by the Border Force vessel Hunter.
The Home Office said French authorities also intercepted at least 98 migrants overnight on Sunday.
Maritime affairs patroller Thémis collected 38 people – including four women and four children – in difficulty and returned them to Calais shortly after 10.30am.
French Navy assistance and rescue tug Abeille Languedoc picked up a further 34 migrants – including five women and seven children – who were taken to Boulogne-sur-Mer at 11.30am.
Arrivals were seen wearing face masks and life jackets after attempting the crossing today
Pictured: Another arrival in Dover, Kent, today on what is expected to be the busiest day of 2021 for migrant landings
Those arriving in Dover wrapped up in red blankets as they were brought to shore in Kent
It comes after 10 others were detained while making the journey to Dover by small boat on Sunday – in the first successful crossing in two weeks. Pictured: Todays arrivals
A man without shoes is helped through Dover Harbour by another migrant this morning
Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts Chris Philp said on Sunday: ‘These dangerous crossings are facilitated by serious organised criminals exploiting people and profiting from human misery.
‘The French prevented at least 98 migrants from making such journeys overnight meaning they stopped around 90 per cent of crossing attempts.
‘We are building a new asylum system which is fair but firm, which will offer protection to those in genuine need through official routes while cracking down on those who enter the UK illegally and the abhorrent gangs who enable it.’
It took the total number of migrants to cross the Channel by small boat in March to 275. Around 806 have arrived so far this year.
Pictured: One of at least seven small boats intercepted by Border Force officials today