Border Force officers brought up to 30 migrants, two of them children, to shore today, after they crossed the English Channel in calmer waters.  

Around 9am, the group of migrants was brought in to Dover Marina. They were then led by staff up a Gangway and brought to a facility at the Quayside.

A number of migrants included a A man was seen with a small child on his back as they embarked. 

Smaller boat crossings were briefly halted in recent weeks by high winds and strong waves, but they have now been reopened due to calmer water in the Channel. 

These scenes were taken after statistics showed that more than 27,000 individuals made the journey from France to Britain in 21-miles in smaller boats. This compares to 8400 people in 2020. 

Migrants, including children, are brought into the Dover Marina, in Kent, are led up a gangway by staff and taken to a facility

Children and other migrants are taken into Dover Marina in Kent by staff.

A man carried a young child as walk towards a facility on the quayside after crossing the Channel this morning

After crossing the Channel, a man carried his young son as he walked towards the facility at the quayside.

Border Force assist children off boats and take them to a facility on the quayside today

Border Force assists children who are stranded on boats today and takes them to an area at the quayside.

The UK authorities caught 274 persons from 11 boats on Sunday. This was a much higher number than the total of 211 who were arrested in December 2013. However, visibility was impeded by thick fog.  

Speedwell, the Border Force cutter brought in the first group of men, consisting around eight men, wrapped in red blankets and warm at 8.30 am.

As they were being escorted to Dover Marina in Kent, their large black dinghy was pulled in.

Border Force had young children aboard the catamaran Hurricane, which docked just after 10 am.

The father of a three-year old boy who was barefooted, carried him in his arms while his mother carried his shoes.

They left their partly deflated RHIB in port, filled with lifejackets & foil blankets.

The RNLI brought 34 migrants to Dungeness, Kent via a lifeboat at 11 o’clock in the morning.     

British authorities saved 358 persons from 10 boats Friday. French authorities intercepted at most 317 people on Thursday and Friday in eleven boats. 

It is not yet known how many people made it 21 miles today, but the Home Office has confirmed this.

A total of 27 people died last month when their boat capsized while crossing the Channel.

Figures show more than 27,000 people have made the 21-mile journey to the UK this year

More than 27,000 individuals have traveled the 21-mile route to the UK in this year’s figures


An inflatable boat, life vests and other remains left on a sand dune of the Wimereux beach, northern France, are pictured on December 20, 2021

On December 20, 2021, an inflatable boat and life vests were found on the Wimereux beach in northern France.

Dan O’Mahoney is the clandestine Channel threat Commander. He said that the tragedy of last month was a reminder of dangers associated with Channel crossings. We are committed to working together with European and International partners to take down the organised criminal gangs responsible.

How do migrants get settled in the UK after arriving? 

If a migrant has been picked up at the border or is intercepted at sea, they are usually taken to Dover’s Border Force Processing Centre. 

The arrivals receive a triage to determine any vulnerabilities or medical conditions, are fed, and are checked for criminal history. After an initial interview, adults are sent to an accommodation center in Britain. The centre is funded by UK taxpayers. It is also provided by private contractors.

The migrants are given £37.75 per week for essentials like food, clothes and toiletries while they wait for a decision on their asylum application. Kent County Council usually takes unaccompanied children into their care. However, other local authorities may also be involved.

Others might remain in detention before being sent back to Europe. Five were expelled last year, despite ministers admitting to having ‘difficulties. 

While a member of the EU, Britain was part of the Dublin Regulation, an EU-wide deal that required migrants to apply for asylum in the first member state they arrive in and could be deported back to that country if they moved on to another.

But, there have been no official arrangements for migrants being deported to France and other EU countries since Brexit.  

“Unbelievable, these gangs are continuing their deadly trade with more crossings happening today, shamelessly putting lives at danger.

“People who plan to travel the world should seek asylum in any country that they can reach, and not risk their lives crossing the Channel via a EU country.

“The New Government Plan for Immigration” will make it clear that illegal immigrants are not welcome and be fair to legal and safe routes. This will decrease the draw factors of the existing asylum and immigration system.

The idea was born in The Inspectorate of Prisons, Dover and Heathrow Independent Monitoring Boardss (IMB), a group of volunteers assigned by ministers published their findings about migrant detention centers visited over the past three months.

According to the report, women who claim they were raped at hands of smugglers weren’t given adequate support and single children were kept with unrelated adults.

Charlie Taylor, Chief Inspector of Prisons said that up to 45 children could be seen lying on the ground in a cramped area with lights constantly on. He also stated that one unit had an adult with criminal records.

According to Mr Taylor, the Today program on BBC Radio 4 was titled “They.” [the children]Once they have arrived at Tug Haven, they get processed. Then they move to Kent Intake Unit. Here they can see what seems like a typical doctor’s waiting room.

“We are seeing as many as 45 children sleeping on their own in a cramped, darkened facility.

“The second concern is that they are supposed to only be for children, but in reality, we see adults there, including one with a criminal history and families, as well as people without proper assessments of the potential risk these children might be facing.”

He said that there had been some minor improvements, but the overall situation was still very worrying.

According to a statement by the Chief Inspector for Prisons, he also stated that his last inspection of September 2020 revealed that these prisons were inadequately equipped to fulfill their purposes.

“Following this inspection, the Home Office assured us that they would take swift action to improve the strategic planning as well as the conditions where detainees are held.

“However, even with some limited progress made, detainees including large numbers unaccompanied children continue to be held. [in 2021]To be treated in poor conditions and receive very bad treatment

“It is not clear why there have been delays in responding to the Home Office’s assurances after our previous inspection.

“Leaders” stated that they had encountered difficulties in coordinating the different partners. However, this did not explain why we found more people held in such poor conditions a year later.