After the arrivals in this month’s total exceeded 1,000, the number of migrants crossing the Channel was up to 30, which is compared with just 223 in January 2020.

Dover Marina, Kent, saw the arrival of dozens after Border Force picked them up at dawn.

A group of adults wearing black puffer jackets and pale blue face masks were among the arrivals today – who came amid flat and calm conditions in the English Channel.

One of the men held up two fingers, showing the ‘peace’ or ‘V for victory’ sign.

A child was see being carried by officials after the migrants arrived in Dover.

It comes as the number of small-boat Channel migrants who have landed in Britain since the start of the passed 1,000 – two months earlier than last year.

Another 87 crossed on Sunday and 67 yesterday, bringing January’s total to 1,119 so far – not including today’s number, which has not yet been confirmed by the Home Office.

Last January saw only 223 arrivals and the 1,000 mark was reached on March 24.

Today’s arrivals included a group of adult passengers wearing dark puffer jackets with pale blue masks. They arrived amid calm and flat conditions on the English Channel. The sign of peace or the V for victory was displayed by one man who held two fingers up.

After the arrival of migrants in Dover, a child was seen being carried by Dover officials.

After being picked up early by Border Force, Dover Marina, Kent, saw dozens of people including a child arrive.

20,21 saw a record 28.400 migrants arrive. Ministers anticipate a “worst-case” scenario with up to 65,000 people arriving this year.

Today’s arrivals included a group of adult wearers wearing dark puffer jackets with pale blue masks. They arrived amid calm and flat conditions on the English Channel.

UK authorities have intercepted more than 1,000 migrants so far this year – more than three times the 223 in January 2021. Last year 28,381 people were intercepted in the Channel in total

UK authorities have intercepted more than 1,000 migrants so far this year – more than three times the 223 in January 2021. The Channel intercepted 28,381 individuals last year.

The 2021 record 28400 arrivals were reached. Ministers are expecting a worst case scenario that could see up to 65,000.

After insiders said that the Port of Dover will hide new migrants, officials denied it. Because of their sheer numbers, photos showing arrivals are embarrassing for the government.

A dock worker yesterday said that despite the fact that more people are arriving on the shores every day, it is not what the government wants.

“It promises to secure our borders. But the photos show an entirely different story.”

According to a government source, the contract of use by part of the port was terminated by The Home Office.

“Operations will be moved to another area of the complex, but it’s not true that arrivals won’t no longer be visible.”

There were plans last week to discontinue daily updates about the number of cross-border incidents and instead publish figures four times a year. Tory MPs attacked it as an attempt to “cover up” the extent of the problem. Campaigners and Tory MPs also attacked it.

An estimated 28381 persons crossed the Channel between 2021 and 2020, which is more than triple the 8400 who arrived in 2020. (pictured at Dover, today).

After crossing the Channel, at least 28381 migrants reached England. This is more than the total number who made it in 2020. However, there was significant investment by both the UK and French authorities in order to stop crossings. (photo: Dover today).

Today, Dover Marina received a child after crossings surpassed 1,000.

An estimated 28381 persons crossed the Channel between 2021 and 2020, which is more than triple the 8400 who arrived in 2020.

What happens if someone crosses the Channel and arrives in the UK?

Rory Tingle

According to Refugee Council statistics, most people who travel across the Channel on small boats are seeking asylum. This is where the difference between an adult and unaccompanied minor, or even a family unit can make a difference in what happens.


1 – Immediately transferred into a short-term facility which is located in the southern part of England. They are asked to provide fingerprints and undergo a screening interview. The screening interview allows them to register into the asylum program.

2 – The asylum seekers were usually sent to the hostel by the Home Office one or two days later. But, in recent years, the Hostel has become overcrowded and officials have begun using hotels.

It takes between two and three weeks for them to disperse to another city in the UK, where they can be “housing in their community”. However, this time frame has stretched over recent years. Additionally, as dispersal accommodation can often be full, the Home Office has used rented accommodations from three private suppliers.  The asylum seekers receive housing and £39.63 a week as a cash allowance.

4. Asylum seekers receive a questionnaire called the preliminary information questionnaire (PIC). This form asks them why they fear persecution. They are then invited to interview at the Home Office. There they will receive questions that they have based upon their screening interview results and their PIC forms.

4. Applicants can appeal against a decision refusing to grant their request. They would be accommodated and supported.

5. Those who are denied an appeal, or get a refusal on their initial request for permission to appeal, become subject to what is called ‘appeal rights exhausted. They will receive a notice from the Home Office stating that they will be expelled and their weekly support will cease.

Six – The Voluntary Return Scheme allows them to sign up, which will allow the Home Office to pay for their flight. They can be picked up by immigration officers, detained and possibly forcibly taken away if they refuse to sign up. The Refugee Council stated that there aren’t enough places for those in this situation, so many people end up homeless or destitute.


The children under 18 are transferred for shorter periods to temporary housing facilities. They then transfer into the custody of local authorities. The social worker assigns them accommodation.

If minors have been divorced from their parents, the Home Office can’t remove them. If their asylum claims are unsuccessful, they may be granted leave to stay until the age of 17 and a quarter.


Only one difference: If a family becomes an “appeal rights exhausted” case, the Home Office would not evict the family from their accommodation or cease financial support.

It comes after it was reported that Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave Home Secretary Priti Patel the green light to develop new powers that would allow male asylum seekers crossing the Narrow Sea to be held in immigration removal centres.

The government was also accused of being ‘cowardice” earlier in the week when it emerged that the Home Office intends to release a total of migrants crossing borders only four times per year and not on a daily basis.

After crossing the Channel, at least 28381 migrants reached England in 2021. This is more than the total number who made it in 2020, which was despite significant investment by both the UK and French authorities in order to stop crossings.

After it was revealed that the Prime Minister encouraged Priti Patel, a Priti Patel spokesperson to continue with the policy of detaining all male migrants, the Prime Minister appears to be taking steps to reduce the flow of migrants into the UK through the Channel.

The Home Office doesn’t publish any breakdowns of Channel migrants by gender or age, but Miss Patel claimed that 70% of Channel migrants who cross the Narrow sea are single men aged 40 and under.

Mr Johnson’s new gung-ho attitude to border security is part of a series of populist policies which are intended to shore up his tottering premiership as the embattled Tory leader faces calls to quit over the ‘Partygate’ lockdown scandal enveloping Westminster.

According to The Times, Miss Patel has been working with Attorney General Suella Braverman in order to determine what laws currently allow for detention and which new powers are required to be approved.

Only migrants that land in the UK can be arrested and detained.

A statement is expected next month in connection with wider plans by the Royal Navy for operational control of Channel crossings.

These plans will be supported by powers to expel Channel migrants from Britain, as well as proposals to “outsource” asylum claims to other countries.

One spokesperson for the Home Office stated that the British public is fed up with seeing their citizens die in Channel, while the ruthless criminal groups profit from the misery. The New Plan for Immigration will address the flawed system which encourages people to travel the lethal route.

Home Office officials have warned Miss Patel that 65,000 migrants could cross the Channel this year – more than double last year’s 28,300 record number.

This month, it has been claimed that the government is trying to cover up the migrant crisis. It was revealed by the Home Office that they will stop publishing daily figures on migrant crossings and instead announce a running total every three months.

The Home Office is currently releasing the data following arrivals by the UK Border Force. They usually do this the day after. But, it could end when the Ministry of Defence takes over operations to intercept and deport migrants.

The move has drawn criticism from Tory MPs – with one saying it ‘seems more like burying bad news than being transparent about crossings.

Unidentified Conservative added: “It looks like hiding, and journalists will surely come up their own numbers based upon people arriving at Tughaven.” [the migrant processing centre in Dover]Freedom of Information and Privacy of Information Requests

Alp Mehmet is chairman of Migration Watch UK, which advocates for tighter border controls. He added that it was a cowardly move. It is a sign that the Government runs scared.

“I am very amazed at Priti Pattel. And the British people deserve better from them.

“Do they truly think they can conceal the figures from their electorate, when all of this is openly displayed at our beaches and ports?

“The Home Office cannot pretend that this problem doesn’t exist and then hope it will disappear.”

Internal Home Office records show that officials plan for the worst case scenario of as many as 65,000 new arrivals in this year’s fiscal year.