Hundreds migrant had taken advantage of the warm weather and calm seas in the English Channel to reach Britain in the rush of small boat crossings, British officials said on Wednesday.
The Interior Office said at least 393 people made the crossing on 26 boats as of Tuesday.
The Press Association news agency reports that this is adding to the numbers migrant who arrived at Britain in September to at least 1,880 – roughly the same number believed to have crossed the Strait throughout 2019.
Dozens of men, women and children picked up by border control ships were seen arriving at Dover port on England’s south coast, and many had to line up before being allowed to disembark due to the large number of arrivals.
Bella Sankey, director of the humanitarian charity’s Detention Action, said it had been the busiest month on record for the crossing. He added that the promise of British Home Secretary Priti Patel to make the channel crossing unworkable was now torn. Dan O’Mahoney, Commander of the government’s newly appointed Clandestine Channel Threats, met with the French ambassador on Tuesday to discuss the crisis.
Migrant has long used northern France as a launching point for reaching Britain, whether stowed on trucks or on ferries. Many appear to have turned to small boats organized by smugglers during the coronavirus pandemic as virus restrictions have reduced traffic between France and France. Britain.
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