Dozens more undocumented migrants landed on British soil on Tuesday, adding to the 568 that arrived over the bank holiday weekend, according to Home Office reports.
Freelancer Steve Laws captured footage of HMC Seeker, a Border Force vessel returning to shore packed carrying dozens if not hundreds of migrants who took advantage of the warmer weather and fairer sailing conditions to reach Britain.
HMC Hunter had also arrived moments earlier with at least two dozen migrants on board.
Earlier on Tuesday, BBC reporter Simon Jones had posted footage of a migrant dinghy in the English Channel which he said had been “shadowed by the French until it reached UK waters”, where Border Force eventually came and picked up the migrants.
On Friday, 19 boats carrying 336 people were intercepted by UK authorities, while seven boats brought 144 migrants on Saturday. A quieter day on Sunday saw on vessel with 17 migrants onboard arrive and a further 71 people made the trip in three boats on Monday.
Despite numerous pledges by the Home Office to crack down on illegal immigration, and the introduction of new asylum and immigration reforms announced in last month’s Queen’s Speech, almost daily crossings are still taking place from the continent and over 3,200 undocumented migrants have now entered Britain since the start of the year, more than double the figure for this time last year.
Migrants who travel through safe countries to arrive in Britain will be automatically blocked from claiming asylum in the UK under new plans, in a shakeup that ministers hope will deter illegal immigrants from making the journey.