Today, 45 additional migrants arrived in British waters. This brings the number of people that have fled to Britain to nearly 27,000 people just days before Christmas. 

Border Force officials from Dungeness in Kent helped the migrants ashore after they had crossed the English Channel during heavy fog.  

Tired and freezing from the winter cold, the migrants were seen without lifejackets stepping on to dry land Dungeness in Kent at around 7am after being picked up in the English Channel by the RNLI.

After walking up the vast beach of shingle, they were wrapped in blankets and escorted along by officers before being transported to the police station.

At least 45 migrants were spotted being helped ashore by Border Force officials in Dungeness, Kent, after making the journey across the English Channel from France during heavy fog

Border Force officials from Dungeness in Kent helped at least 45 migrants ashore after they had crossed the English Channel from France.

The migrants, who appeared to be mostly men, were seen wrapping up in scarves and hooded jackets to keep warm

For warmth, migrants (mostly men) were dressed up in scarves, hooded jackets, and gloves.  

Men are aided ashore by Border Force officials in Dungeness, Kent, this morning

Border Force officers in Dungeness and Kent assist the men at sea this morning

A coastguard rescue helicopter was deployed to pick up five migrants who jumped from a dinghy eight miles off the coast of Dungeness

The Coastguard Rescue helicopter arrived to rescue five migrants from the dinghy they jumped out of eight miles away, just off Dungeness. 

It comes after another 100 were intercepted yesterday, bringing the grand total of migrants crossing to British soil this year up to at least 26,792, compared with just 8,410 for the whole of 2020.     

Before Wednesday the last groups to make the crossing came on December 5, when Border Force needed three boats to deal with the numbers. 

Border Force officers detained 40 migrants on Thursday, after they landed at Dungeness at 11.30pm. They had been brought by RNLI lifeboats to the shore.

This is despite assurances by the Home Office that there had been’significant improvements’, inspectors discovered migrants still living in very poor conditions upon their arrival on shore.

The large group of migrants were helped onto shore by workers for the RNLI and Border Force officials this morning

Workers for Border Force and the RNLI helped the large number of migrants to shore this morning. 

They walked up the vast shingle beach, some wrapped in blankets, escorted by police before being taken to be processed

The men walked along the vast, sandy beach in their blankets before they were escorted to police.

RNLI and Border Force officials help migrants off a boat using a ladder as they get onto shore

Officials from the Border Force and the RNLI assist migrants as they reach shore using a ladder. 

According to reports published three months ago, migrant detention centers were visited and found that women who claimed they were raped were not being adequately supported. Lone children are also being held together with non-related adults.

This week the Home Office has confirmed that part of Manston (MoD site) will be used by the Ministry of Defence to handle migrants.

French prosecutors have confirmed that all 27 people who drowned crossing the English Channel last month by boat to get to the UK were identified. 


The group included two small children - one a toddler where immigration officers were waiting for them

The group included two small children - one a toddler where immigration officers were waiting for them

Two small children were part of yesterday’s group – one was a toddler, and immigration officers were on the lookout for them

Around 30 people were pictured walking up the vast shingle beach escorted by police before being taken off to be processed yesterday morning

About 30 people were photographed walking up the large shingle beach with police escorting them.

This group consisted of seven girls, one teenager, and one seven-year-old girl. They drowned in Channel waters while trying to reach Britain. 

According to Paris authorities, the final identification was made by a Vietnamese-born man aged 29.

The 26 previously identified victims of the boat crash were mostly Iraqi Kurds. The disaster also claimed the lives of four Afghan men and three Ethiopians.

How do migrants get settled in the UK after arriving? 

After landing on land or being intercepted by sea, migrants are picked up and taken to a Border Force processing center. This is usually located near Dover 

Arrivals are assessed for any potential medical issues and vulnerabilities. They also get fed, checked, and checked for criminal records. 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.  

The majority of the deceased were men. However, there were seven females among those that died: a sixteen-year old and a seven year-old.

Because they don’t have official documentation, authorities often struggle to identify dead migrants. Family members also frequently travel far from home to view the bodies.

It was the Channel’s most tragic accident involving a migrants boat. This incident brought to light the desperate attempts of many people crossing the waterway between France & England.

This also led to major diplomatic tensions in Paris and London.

Within 48 hours, the French President Emmanuel Macron had accused Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister of not being serious in his efforts to stop the crossings.

France was offended by Johnson’s initial response, seen as shifting blame onto France. He then decided to write Macron a complete letter, which he shared on Twitter, before Macron received it.

According to investigators, migrants fled from Loon-Plage (northern France) in an inflatable vessel at night.

Only two people, one an Iraqi Kurd (and one a Sudanese) were able to be rescued from the water after their boat capsized. The French interior ministry said that they were able to rescue the two men.

The survivor from Iraq said that there were 33 persons aboard.

French investigators continue to try and get an even clearer understanding of the tragedy.

Investigators are currently looking into claims that the victims had called British and French emergency service lines, appealing for help as the vessel was sinking.

Clandestine Channel Threat Commander Dan O’Mahoney stated that the last month’s tragedy was a reminder of dangers associated with Channel crossings. He added: “Last Month’s tragedy is devastating and reminds us of these dangers. We are determined to partner with European and International partners in pursuing the organised criminal gangs responsible.”

“Unbelievably these gangs continue their deadly trade with more crossings happening today, shamelessly putting life at risk.

‘The Government’s New Plan for Immigration will be firm on those coming here via illegal routes and fair for those using safe and legal routes. This will lower the attraction factors for the current asylum system and immigration system.