Britain passes major milestone as 25,000 migrants cross Channel in small boats

​Migrant arrivals at Dover

GB News can reveal more than 25,000 migrants have crossed the Channel in small boats this year

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Tom Fredericks

By Tom Fredericks

Published: 02/10/2023

- 12:09

Updated: 02/10/2023

- 14:08

GB News can reveal around 350 migrants were intercepted this morning

More than 25,000 migrants have crossed the English Channel so far this year, GB News can reveal.

This morning, GB News’s Kent producer reported that around 350 migrants in up to 8 boats had been intercepted by Border Force vessels and brought ashore to Dover Harbour.

On Saturday, 537 people crossed in 9 small boats according to official figures released by the Home Office.

Poor and unpredictable weather conditions in the Channel over recent months have reduced the number of potential crossing days this year.

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GB News has also witnessed increased French police patrols around Dunkirk and Calais, which has forced criminal gangs to launch increasing numbers of boats much further south along the French coast.

Last week around 1,000 French CRS riot police moved in to dismantle a large migrant camp near Dunkirk.

The makeshift camp was home to several hundred migrants, waiting to cross illegally to the UK.

Overall, the number of migrants crossing to the UK so far this year is around 25 per cent down on the same period last year.


Border Patrol vessel arriving at Dover

Border Patrol vessel arriving at Dover

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By the start of October 2022, over 33,000 people had made the crossing, that’s around 8,000 more than have made the crossing so far this year.

In January, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pledged to ‘Stop the Boats’ as one of his government’s top five priorities.

In July, the Illegal Migration Bill became law, giving the Home Secretary a legal duty to detain and remove anyone entering the UK illegally.

Speaking to media outlets this weekend Sunak said that his plan to tackle small boat crossings is "starting to work".

Border patrol boat arriving at Dover

Border patrol boat arriving at Dover

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It comes after Richard Tice claimed the Home Secretary did not go far enough in her speech to the UN, and warned the country is “on the road to ruin”, adding that he believes multiculturalism has “failed”.

“We are one fantastic British culture, we should be saying that to those who come to live here”, he told GB News.

“Embrace it, use it, enjoy it, rather than say ‘I’m a separate culture, I’m on a separate track. That is the road to ruin.

“My view is, Sunak should back Braverman up, and say we need six months to amend this convention, otherwise, we’re out.

“I think that is the shock and awe that is needed to wake up a very complacent elite.”

Additional reporting by Oliver Trapnell

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