More than 240 illegal migrants have made it to UK shores in 3 days.

It’s being reported that more than 240 illegal migrants have made our shores over the weekend. On Friday we saw a massive surge of illegal migrants crossing the English Channel due to calm waters, with around 145 migrants being picked up by the border force from 8 inflatable boats, one boat had 51 people.

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On Saturday the illegal migrant influx continued as there were a further 82 illegal migrants found in the Channel and brought to our shores by UK authorities. Seventy of these were discovered onboard inflatable boats, while 12 men were found at Dungeness on the Kent coast.

The illegal migrant influx didn’t stop there as this morning it continued; it was reported at 3.20 am another boat was detected with 17 people. They too were taken to Dover, where they will be assessed for symptoms of coronavirus.
The Home Office said attempted crossings are “reckless acts facilitated by criminals that we are determined to stop”.

Since the Covid-19 lockdown was announced in Britain on March 23, at least 853 migrants have been intercepted by UK authorities and brought ashore, according to data gathered by the PA news agency.

Incidents on Friday, May 8, were as follows:  
Around 2am, a Border Force vessel intercepted a RHIB which was carrying a group of 24 females and 27 males who presented themselves as Iranian and Iraqi nationals. 

  • Around 4am, a Border Force vessel intercepted a RHIB which was carrying a group of 20 males who presented themselves as Kuwaiti, Iraqi and Iranian nationals. 
  • Around 5am, a Border Force vessel intercepted a RHIB which was carrying a group of three females and 11 males who presented themselves as Iranian and Iraqi nationals. 
  • Around 6am, a Border Force vessel intercepted a RHIB which was carrying a group of 5 males and four females who presented themselves as Iraqi nationals. 
  • Around 7am, Border Force vessel intercepted a RHIB which was carrying a group of 12 males and two females who presented themselves as Iraqi and Iranian nationals. 
  • Around 8am, a Border Force vessel intercepted a RHIB which was carrying a group of 14 males and two females who presented themselves as Iraqi and Iranian nationals. 
  • Around 8am, a Border Force vessel intercepted a RHIB which was carrying a group of 11 males who presented themselves as Iranian and Afghan nationals. 
  • Around 9am, a Border Force vessel intercepted a RHIB which was carrying a group of 10 males who presented themselves as Iranian and Iraqi nationals.
According to the Home Office, the Border Force and partner agencies dealt with the following cases on Saturday, May 9: 
  • Around 4am, a Border Force vessel supported in the interception of a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB), which was carrying a group of two females and 10 males who presented themselves as Yemen and Iraqi nationals. 
  • Around 4.30am, a Border Force vessel intercepted a RHIB, which was carrying a group of 12 males who presented themselves as Yemen and Iraqi nationals. 
  • Around 4.30am, a Border Force vessel supported the interception of a RHIB, which was carrying a group of 11 males and five females who presented themselves as Iranian, Afghan and Syrian nationals. 
  • Around 5.30am, a Border Force vessel supported in the interception of a RHIB, which was carrying a group of 16 males who presented themselves as Iran and Yemen nationals. 
  • Around 6am, a Border Force vessel supported in the interception of a RHIB, which was carrying a group of 14 males who presented themselves as Iraqi, Iranian and Syrian nationals. 
  • Around 1pm, immigration officials encountered 12 males at Dungeness. They presented themselves as Iraqi and Indian nationals. French authorities dealt with three incidents, preventing a total of 44 migrants crossing. 

A Home Office spokesman said: “Individuals were brought to Dover and, in line with established processes, were assessed to establish whether there are any medical requirements.

“They have now been transferred to immigration officials. They will be interviewed and their cases will be dealt with in line with the immigration rules, transferring to detention where appropriate. The migrants have left a safe country – generally France – and where appropriate we will be seeking to return them.”

Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts, Chris Philp said: “We are all working night and day to dismantle and arrest the criminal gangs who trade in people smuggling. This week, the Home Secretary spoke to her French Counterpart Interior Minister, Christophe Castaner who reaffirmed the commitment to carry out more returns at sea to stop these illegal crossings.

“This illegal and criminal activity is already subject to heavy law enforcement activity by Border Force, the National Crime Agency, Immigration Enforcement and French law enforcement and we will continue to take whatever action is necessary to stop this criminal trade, including changes to the law.

“Already over 1,100 migrants were arrested in France in the first quarter of this year and in 2019 Immigration Enforcement made 418 arrests, leading to 203 convictions for a total of 437 years.

“But the recent increase in crossings is totally unacceptable and it is sickening that smugglers are willing to put people’s lives at risk, including children. This is why we are stepping up action to stop the crossings, going after the criminals perpetrating these heinous crimes and prosecuting them for their criminal activity.”

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