Last Updated on September 1, 2019
A group of over fifty migrants landed at Britain’s shores first thing in the morning.
They were picked up by Border Force, and are now being interrogated.
The Migrant Crisis appears, in some cases, to be keeping apace of its previous momentum. Yesterday, National File reported on over 150 African Migrants breaching the Spanish border at their north African enclave, Ceuta.
Coast guards have been deployed earlier this week to pick up stranded migrants who attempted to enter the United Kingdom illegally.
According to The Sun:
Several search and rescue operations have been taking place along the Kent Coast after the men, women and children arrived this morning.
A Coastguard Agency spokesperson said: “HM Coastguard has been co-ordinating a search and rescue response to a number of incidents on the Kent coast, working with Border Force, Kent Police and other partners.”
Today’s arrivals are just the latest amid the migrant crisis, which has seen more than 220 people, including at least 40 children, intercepted by UK and French authorities between Thursday last week and yesterday.
And it’s barely a day after Home Secretary Priti Patel said she and her French counterpart are working to clamp down on migrants who try to make the perilous trip across the Channel.
The BBC reported in June of a record number of migrant boats arriving on Britain’s coast.
The BBC found:
HM Coastguard assisted UK Border Force off the south coast, as a total of 74 migrants tried to reach the UK.
Conservative MP for Dover and Deal, Charlie Elphicke, said it was “a record number of boats in a single day”.
“[This] is deeply concerning and I’m receiving regular updates,” Home Secretary Sajid Javid said.
“Those who choose to make this dangerous journey across one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world are putting their lives in grave danger – and I will continue to do all I can to stop them.”
Last month, 140 migrants were picked up – the highest number since December, when a “major incident” was declared by Mr Javid.
Earlier this man, an Iraqi Man, 48, died attempting to swim the 21-mile stretch of water separating France and England.
It appears, however, that gangs have been responsible for the rise in migrants attempting to reach Britain by sea.
Running an operation out of Calais–which found notoriety in its migrant squatter camp, called “The Calais Jungle”–immigration officials have conducted an investigation into disbanding the gangs responsible.
Over 900 migrants have successfully made the crossing between the UK and France in 2019, with the Home Office returning at least 65 people.
Meanwhile, legal proceedings brought against a number of smugglers. In July and June, two men were jailed for assisting unlawful immigration to the UK, one in Britain and the other in France. In May, a French national was jailed for selling 39 boats to migrants.
As summer comes to a close, the levels of migrants who wish to use the maritime route into the UK will begin to fall due to riskier weather conditions.