Border Force was again scrambled to Kent this morning after a group of migrants landed on the coast – just hours after a record-breaking 202 crossed the Channel yesterday.
The number of illegal migrants who have made it to the UK on small boats and other craft this year has already soared to 3,421 – almost double the number of arrivals for the whole of 2019.
The Home Office has not yet confirmed how many migrants landed in the UK today, but French authorities said they had intercepted 41 people in two boats this morning and returned them to Calais.
One young man who landed in Kent today is seen giving a thumbs up for the camera, in apparent glee after having navigated the world’s busiest shipping lane to make it to British shores.
It comes just a day after a record-breaking 202 migrants made the treacherous crossing on Thursday.
Border Force dealt with 20 separate incidents as dinghies, kayaks, zodiaks and even a children’s dinghy were used to make the treacherous crossings of the 21 mile wide Straits of Dover.
A total of 3,421 migrants have now made it to the UK on small boats and other craft already this year – compared to 1,850 in 2019.