Another 49 migrants have illegally entered the UK by small boat today, with a further 92 being stopped by French authorities in the Channel.
The work started early for the migrants, with six African men being brought in by the UK Border Force just after midnight, after they’d exploited a small window of good weather to make their attempt.
Today’s figures add to a growing wave of illegal migration that has been surging all year, with an eye-watering 103 landing in just one day on January 9.
And it follows a record bad year for illegal migration by small boat across the Channel, with 8,417 illegally landing on British shores in 2020. An investigation by Europol suggests the problem is even worse than that, with 15,000 trying to sneak in all told.
Recent bad weather had briefly deterred Channel crossings, but it appears that the flood is set to resume with dozens making the trip today in three boats while nearly a hundred more were prevented from doing so by the French.
The UK recently signed a £28m deal to get French authorities to step up patrols and prevent the crossings. It now appears to be bearing some fruit, but nowhere near enough to stem the tide properly.
The constant influx of illegal migrants is creating growing concern among British voters, with many taking to social media to warn of the coronavirus risk being introduced with their arrival – and others suggesting the migrants will be given plushy accommodation in now-vacant hotels.
100 protesting migrants at Napier Barracks were recently shunted off to enjoy a hotel jolly amid a coronavirus outbreak caused by the reckless behaviour of the camp’s own residents.
One social media user warned that “those left will riot and be removed to yet another hotel”, dubbing the situation a cat and mouse game. Another asked: “Why aren’t they being deported? This will just encourage more to come.”
Indeed, a few days later the camp was set on fire in an incident that the authorities are now investigating as arson.
According to the Home Office, those who remained at the camp “became aggressive, turned violent and began to set about destroying the barracks” after they objected that had not received the hotel treatment also.