At least 45 more migrants were pulled from British waters this morning, bringing the total to nearly 27,000 just days before Christmas.
Migrants were spotted helping ashore by Border Force officials in Dungeness, Kent, after making a trip across the English Channel from France through thick fog.
The migrants, tired and freezing from the winter cold, without life jackets were seen walking on dry land in Kent’s Dungeness at about 7 a.m. after being picked up by RNLI in the English Channel.
They walked on the wide beach of planks, some wrapped in blankets, escorted by police before being taken to processing.
At least 45 migrants were spotted ashore by Border Force officials in Dungeness, Kent, after making a journey across the English Channel from France through thick fog.
The migrants, who appeared to be mostly men, were seen wearing scarves and hooded jackets to keep warm.
The men are being helped on the beach by Border Force officials in Dungeness, Kent, this morning
A Coast Guard rescue helicopter deployed to pick up five migrants who jumped from a dinghy eight miles off the coast of Dungeness
It comes after 100 more migrants were intercepted yesterday, bringing the total number of migrants crossing into Britain this year to at least 26,792, compared to just 8,410 for the whole of 2020.
Before Wednesday, the last of the groups to cross came December 5, when border forces needed three boats to deal with the numbers.
Border Force officials detained about 40 migrants Thursday after they landed ashore in Dungeness at 1.30 p.m. after being brought ashore on an RNLI lifeboat.
This comes after inspectors discovered that the migrants were still being held in “extremely bad” conditions after reaching the shore despite assurances from the Ministry of the Interior of “significant improvements”.
A large group of migrants were helped ashore by workers from RNLI and Border Force officials this morning
They walked on the wide beach of planks, some wrapped in blankets, escorted by the police before being taken to treatment
RNLI and Border Force officials help migrants out of a boat using a ladder as they climb ashore
Women who said they had been raped by smugglers “did not receive adequate support,” and only children were being held with unrelated adults, according to findings published after visiting immigration detention centers in the past three months.
Earlier this week, the Home Office confirmed that part of the Department of Defense site in Manston, near Ramsgate, will also be used to process immigrants.
Meanwhile, French prosecutors said all 27 people who died after trying to cross the English Channel by boat last month to reach the UK have now been officially identified.
Yesterday’s group included two young children – one of them a small child as immigration officers were waiting for them
About 30 people were filmed walking on the wide pebbly beach escorted by police before being taken for treatment yesterday morning.
The group, whose boat sank in the canal last month while trying to reach Britain, included seven women, a teenage girl and a seven-year-old girl.
Paris authorities said the final identity of a 29-year-old Vietnamese man.
Most of the victims of the boat accident were Iraqi Kurds, according to the previous 26 identities. Four Afghans, three Ethiopians, a Somali, an Egyptian and an Iranian Kurd were also killed in the disaster.
What happens to migrants after they arrive in the UK?
Migrants picked up after landing or intercepted at sea are taken to a Border Force processing center, usually near Dover.
Here arrivals are screened for any medical needs or vulnerabilities, fed and screened to see if they have a criminal record. Adults have an initial interview before being sent to an accommodation center across Britain, paid for by UK taxpayers and provided by private contractors.
Migrants are given £37.75 a week for necessities such as food, clothes and toiletries while they wait for a decision on their asylum application. Unaccompanied children are usually taken into their care by Kent County Council, although other local authorities are also involved in this programme.
Other migrants may be held in a detention center ahead of a plan to return them to Europe. However, only five were deported last year as ministers admitted the “difficulties”.
While Britain was a member of the European Union, it was part of the Dublin Regulation, an EU-wide deal that requires migrants to apply for asylum in the first member state they arrive in and can be deported to that country if they move to another country.
However, since Brexit, there have been no formal arrangements to allow migrants to be deported to France or another EU member state.
The majority were men, but among the dead were seven women, aged 16 and 7.
Authorities often have difficulties identifying dead migrants because they are undocumented and family members often have to travel from remote areas abroad to see the bodies.
The accident was the deadliest for a migrant boat in the Channel and highlighted the growing number of desperate people seeking to cross the narrow waterway between France and England.
It also caused major diplomatic tensions between London and Paris.
Within 48 hours of the incident, French President Emmanuel Macron accused British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of being “not serious” in his approach to stopping the crossings.
France was upset by Johnson’s initial reaction, who was seen as blaming France, and then his decision to send a message to Macron that he posted in full on his Twitter account before the French leader received it.
According to the investigation, the migrants left at night in a rubber boat from Lone Plage in northern France.
After their boat capsized, only two men, one an Iraqi Kurd and a Sudanese national, were safely rescued. According to the French Ministry of the Interior.
According to the Iraqi survivor, there were a total of 33 people on board.
French investigators are still trying to get a clearer picture of what happened during the disaster.
They are investigating reports that passengers had called the French and British emergency services, seeking help when the ship began to sink.
“Last month’s tragedy is a devastating reminder of the dangers of the Canal crossings, and we are determined to work with our European and international partners to target the ruthless organized criminal gangs behind them,” said Dan O’Mahony, Undercover Channel Threat Leader.
It is unbelievable that these gangs continue their deadly trade with more crossings taking place today, unabashedly endangering lives.
The government’s new immigration plan will be tough on people coming here via illegal routes and fair to those using safe and legal routes. This will reduce the pull factors in the current asylum and immigration system.