Migrant crossings reach more than 450 just two weeks into 2022

New figures show that more than 450 migrants crossed the Channel in two weeks, with about a dozen more people rescued and brought to Dover today.

A total of 271 Migrants confirmed to make the perilous crossing on Thursday – bringing in The total number of arrivals so far this year is 458.

The total number of migrant arrivals yesterday was more than the total for January last year – when 223 people in 15 boats crossed the canal in 31 days.

More than 28,381 people crossed the channel to the UK over the whole of 2021, compared to 8,400 in 2020.

It comes as footage from this morning shows an RNLI lifeboat bringing a group of migrants to Dover in the early hours, when air temperatures were as low as 6 degrees Celsius (42 Fahrenheit).

Meanwhile, sea temperatures were also around 9.5 °C (49 °F). Experts say the average person can tolerate being in cold water “between five to ten minutes” before risking hypothermia.

Meanwhile, about 45 migrants were brought ashore by an RNLI lifeboat in Dungeness last night – the first such crossing so far this year.

French authorities have also prevented 75 people from making the dangerous journey through the Strait of Dover in three incidents, according to the Interior Ministry.

Those who arrived at Dover this morning, all apparently men, were seen draped in thick overcoats as they were escorted from the lifeboat to shore.

Those brought ashore in Dungeness, all said to be men and all claiming to be from Syria, were picked up from an RNLI lifeboat before being transferred to Border Force crew for processing.

New numbers show more than 450 migrants crossed the Channel in two weeks, with about a dozen more people rescued and brought to Dover today (pictured)

Footage from this morning shows an RNLI lifeboat bringing a group of migrants to Dover in the early hours, when air temperatures were as low as 6°C (42°F)

Footage from this morning shows an RNLI lifeboat bringing a group of migrants to Dover in the early hours, when air temperatures were as low as 6°C (42°F)

About 45 migrants were brought ashore by an RNLI lifeboat in Dungeness last night - the first such crossing so far this year.

About 45 migrants were brought ashore by an RNLI lifeboat in Dungeness last night – the first such crossing so far this year.

The Minister for Justice and Response to Illegal Immigration, Representative Tom Borsglof, said: “People fleeing persecution should seek safety in the first safe country they reach and not risk their lives by paying criminal gangs to cross the Canal.

This government is reforming our approach to illegal entry into the UK and asylum by taking tough decisions to end the overt abuse of our laws and their impact on UK taxpayers.

The public is rightly fed up with the blatant disregard for our immigration laws and we are making the necessary long-term changes.

The Citizenship and Borders Act would make it a criminal offense to knowingly come to the UK illegally and to impose life sentences on those who facilitate illegal entry.

It will also strengthen border authorities to stop and redirect ships, while introducing new powers to deport asylum seekers until their claims are processed outside the UK.

A young boy and a baby wrapped in a blanket were among up to 80 migrants who arrived on British shores on Thursday, the fifth consecutive day of the dangerous crossing of the canal.

The boy, who was photographed alongside another immigrant and a Border Patrol officer, was among a group of immigrants escorted ashore in Dover around 1 p.m.

Shortly after 3 p.m., another 27 immigrants were brought to Dover Marina. A little girl, dressed in a dark blue polka dot coat, was crying hysterically after being awakened from a deep sleep to be carried by a Border Force officer into the corridor.

She was with two other men and two women, along with a little boy in a red jacket who looked restless on his feet.

French authorities have also prevented 75 people from making the dangerous journey through the Strait of Dover in three incidents, according to the Interior Ministry.  Pictured: Migrants arriving in Dover today

French authorities have also prevented 75 people from making the dangerous journey through the Strait of Dover in three incidents, according to the Interior Ministry. Pictured: Migrants arriving in Dover today

The group arrived in thick jackets and was taken ashore before being processed by Border Force officials

The group arrived in thick jackets and was taken ashore before being processed by Border Force officials

The small boat from which the group of migrants was expelled was also brought to Dover with the rescued migrants

The small boat from which the group of migrants was expelled was also brought to Dover with the rescued migrants

RNLI lifeboat brings migrants ashore in Dover after rescuing the group from the canal in the early hours of this morning

RNLI lifeboat brings migrants ashore in Dover after rescuing the group from the canal in the early hours of this morning

These crossings came after a group of migrants arrived this morning. Among them was a child wrapped in a blanket. They have arrived After several ships were reported in thick fog in English channel Dozens of people are on board.

The men, women and children were brought to Dover by an RNLI lifeboat that looked cold and tired in freezing temperatures before dawn as they were helped ashore by immigration officials and paramedics.

The group was brought ashore by RNLB City of London II Dover Lifeboat around 6am yesterday after making the overnight trip.

A man carried an infant in a white woolen hat wrapped in a chestnut blanket as they descended, and a woman and a young boy followed. Paramedics helped another woman into the aisle for treatment.

About an hour later, the Dungeness-based RNLI lifeboat, called The Morrell, brought in another group of immigrants, mainly made up of men in thick winter coats.

The group arrives shortly after 1 pm A large raft tornado descended from Frontier Force and was escorted up the aisle for processing.

Another boat is believed to have been intercepted a few miles from Dungeness, I was around the same time, which means as many as nine crossed today.

They were taken aboard a Border Patrol ship to be brought up the coast to Dover. It is not known how many migrants were on each boat.

Among the 3 p.m. arrivals was a young girl in a dark blue polka dot coat, crying hysterically after being roused from a deep sleep to be carried by a Border Force officer into the driveway.

She was accompanied by a man and a woman–a little boy who looked restless at his feet in a red jacket followed, and another man and woman.

The families were followed by 21 other men at what is expected to be the last crossing point of the day. A spokesman for the Navy and Coast Guard confirmed that it sent its fixed-wing aircraft to a search and rescue incident off the coast of Kent in the early hours.

A toddler and a baby wrapped in a blanket were among up to 80 migrants who arrived on British shores yesterday, the fifth consecutive day of the dangerous crossing of the canal.  The boy, who was photographed alongside another immigrant and a Border Patrol officer, was among a group of immigrants escorted ashore in Dover around 1 p.m. yesterday.

A toddler and a baby wrapped in a blanket were among up to 80 migrants who arrived on British shores yesterday, the fifth consecutive day of the dangerous crossing of the canal. The boy, who was photographed alongside another immigrant and a Border Patrol officer, was among a group of immigrants escorted ashore in Dover around 1 p.m. yesterday.

The group disembarked from the frontier Corps' large boat hurricane and escorted down the aisle for processing.

The group disembarked from the frontier Corps’ large boat hurricane and escorted down the aisle for processing.

At least 80 migrants are believed to have reached UK shores today.  Above: A boy is seen among immigrants escorted to Dover yesterday

At least 80 migrants are believed to have reached UK shores today. Above: A boy is seen among immigrants escorted to Dover yesterday

A man holds a sleeping baby wrapped in a blanket on the beach as more immigrants arrive in Dover in Kent yesterday morning.

A man holds a sleeping baby wrapped in a blanket on the beach as more immigrants arrive in Dover in Kent yesterday morning.

The group was brought ashore on an RNLI lifeboat in Dover yesterday morning after making a perilous voyage through the canals.

The group was brought ashore on an RNLI lifeboat in Dover yesterday morning after making a perilous voyage through the canals.

They said: ‘HM Coast Guard has coordinated search and rescue operations in response to the incident off Kent, working with Border Force, Kent Police and other partners. We sent in the Coast Guard fixed-wing aircraft and the Dover RNLI lifeboat.

This follows the first crossing of 2022 on January 4 when 66 migrants arrived, followed by another 96 migrants on Monday.

Last year, 28,381 people reached Britain from northern France by crossing the perilous canal, a massive increase from the 8,410 people who made the journey in 2020.

November 2021 saw the worst tragedy since the beginning of the crisis when 27 men, women and children died after their boat sank in freezing cold waters.

‘It is dangerous and inhumane to allow this trade, and people to be smuggled through the canal on a daily basis, because it is incredibly unsafe and people have died,’ MP Natalie Elvick, MP for Dover, told ITV’s Good Morning Britain yesterday.

It puts lives at risk every day that it goes on – and the right and emotional thing to do is to keep people safe by staying safely on land in France and turning around when they leave the waters in France, straight to France where they can be looked after in that safe country.

“People are safe in France. They should stay in France, and this is the right thing to do to tackle this crisis and put an end to it to make sure vulnerable people are not putting their lives at risk.

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