As he made the dangerous crossing of the English Channel, a migrant was seen flashing his V sign to celebrate victory.  

Around 30 men from the group were brought to the Port of Dover in Kent by the Border Force vessel Hurricane. It was their first visit to UK waters since last week’s bad weather.

The gang was led from the pontoon up to Tug Haven, an immigration processing center.

Due to poor weather conditions, 100 of them were taken by Border Force officers to be transferred to three boats.

So far this year, more than 26,000 migrants have reached Britain since the start of the year, compared with just 8,410 in the whole of 2020. 

Pictured: A group of around 30 men were brought into the harbour at the Port of Dover in Kent this morning on board the Border Force vessel Hurricane after making the perilous journey

Photo: After a dangerous journey, a group of 30 men was brought to the Port of Dover by the Border Force vessel Hurricane.

The migrants were the first group in more than a week to cross the channel due to bad weather

Due to severe weather, the migrants became the first to cross the channel in over a week.

It comes just three weeks after 27 people drowned trying to cross the Dover Straits, which measures 21 miles wide.

This was the worst loss of life in Channel history since the beginning of the migrant crisis.

French authorities identified 26 of 27 bodies found after the tragedy.

There were 16 Kurdish nationals from Iraq, four Afghans and one Kurdish person killed in the attack. Families are currently being informed.

French officials announced Tuesday that five people needed to be saved after their boat ran aground off Calais.

The French navy hydrographic vessel Lapérouse was dispatched to rescue the group who were brought ashore at Calais where they are taken care of by border police.

It comes three weeks after 27 people died trying to cross the channel when their dinghy sank

Three weeks ago, 27 people drowned trying to cross Channel after their dinghy capsized.


A fishing vessel discovered an unidentified body off Calais on the 10th of December.

This was immediately reported to the French coastguard.

After the fish vessel was loaded, it made its way towards Calais port so the Calais maritime militia could care for the body.

The prosecutor’s office of Boulogne-sur-Mer opened an investigation which was entrusted to the maritime gendarmerie.

26711 people have been arrested so far in 2019 after arriving in the UK by small boats. This compares to 8410 in 2020. 

Yesterday, the National Crime Agency warned that gangs are turning to ever more dangerous and rickety boats to sneak desperate refugees across to the UK.

Police said that people smugglers have been using inflatable dinghies made with plywood floors, held together with gaffer taper and used them to ferry as many migrants over the Channel.

Pictured: Inflatable boats believed to have been used by migrants that cross the channel

Pictured: Migrants believed to have used inflatable boats when crossing the channel

The National Crime Agency has warned that inflatable dinghies are being custom made for people smuggling gangs to transport as many people across the Channel as possible. Pictured, migrants and a dinghy used to cross on the beach at Dungeness, on November 24

National Crime Agency warns that inflatable dinghies were being made to allow people smuggling groups to move as many people through the Channel. On November 24, migrants and their dinghy crossed the Channel on Dungeness Beach.

Recently, inflatables larger than 30ft have been used in cruel human trading.

Investigators suspect that many large, unbranded grey and black vessels are not used commercially or were made for people smugglers.

What happens to immigrants after they have arrived in the UK? 

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. 

Arrivals are assessed for any potential medical issues and vulnerabilities. They also get fed, checked for criminal records, and rechecked. Before being allowed to stay in accommodation centres across Britain, they must undergo an interview. This is paid for by the UK taxpayers.

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 typically takes unaccompanied children into care. But, there are other local authorities 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.

However, no formal arrangement has been made to permit migrants to be sent to France or other EU members since Brexit.  

In an effort to make boats more stable and easier to carry, other boats are being modified or made from substandard materials.

Martin Grace, the NCA’s head of organised crime in immigration, stated that it was clear that there are very few or no legitimate commercial uses for some boats.

“They’re likely to be manufactured online and sold for people smuggling. This is what we’re focusing our attention on.”

The NCA stated that a significant percentage of Channel crossing attempts are still being made by organised criminal groups.

The NCA and French police joined forces in November to take down a boat gang that was capable of carrying between 40-60 people.

This group also recruited migrants from camps in northern France for the risky vessels.

According to the NCA, 18 individuals were taken into custody in France’s Calais and Le Havre regions, as well as Paris.

Dan O’Mahoney, Home Office clandestine Channel threat commander, said: ‘The recent tragedy in the Channel is a devastating reminder of the dangers of Channel crossings choreographed by organised crime groups who are profiteering from these deadly and unnecessary Channel crossings.

We work hand in glove with police worldwide and European partners to prosecute and arrest organised criminals. It prevents numerous escapes and saves lives.

“But, this is a complex issue and we are determined do all that we can work with NCA to address criminal gangs.

There are approximately 50 investigations underway by the NCA in connection to top-tier immigration crimes. Since the beginning of the year, more than 140 arrests have been made.

Grace said: “While it is tragic that at least 27 people have died in the last month’s events, the fact remains that people were being placed in certain boats was no surprise. These boats are obviously death traps, to be honest.

“If you combine that with the increased crowding of these vessels, as well as the bad weather and colder waters of winter, the risk is greatly increased.

‘It demonstrates further to us that the people smugglers involved in these crossings don’t care about the wellbeing of those they put on the boats. They don’t care if they die. They are desperate for cash and will exploit it.

“I also want to reiterate the appeal we made earlier this year to all those in the maritime sector, here in the UK as well on the Continent.

“Please keep an eye out for suspicious purchases of goods that could be used to cross the border. Please report them.