While the Home Office and intelligence services are doing all they can to disrupt the boat supply networks on the French side of the Channel, It’s been found that China and Turkey have been the main suppliers of the boats which traffickers use to get illegal migrants into Britain.
According to a Press Association estimate, more than 25,000 people have crossed in dinghies, kayaks and other small boats since the beginning of last year.
Backbench Conservative MPs are putting pressure on the government to halt migrants and refugees from crossing the Channel illegally. UK asylum applications dropped to 29,456 last year, compared to 93,475 in France and 121,955 in Germany.
Tory MP Marco Longhi warned against downplaying the intensity of outrage about illegal immigration to the UK. He said: “The arrival of dinghies in Dover is the most visible expression” of us not getting a full grip of the situation.
They also claim that tiny boat crossings draw more attention since they are such a prominent mode of entry, but the vast majority of migrants arrive in Britain through planes or other modes of transport.