Migrant crisis: 385 asylum seekers cross Channel in RECORD-BREAKING day

English Channel boat crossing

So far on Monday, 336 mainly young men have been picked up from six small boats that made it into UK waters

Mark White

By Mark White

Published: 04/03/2024

- 16:15

Updated: 04/03/2024

- 22:31

More than 660 migrants have crossed the English Channel in small boats since Sunday

A record 385 migrants have crossed the English Channel today, the largest number on a single day this year.

GB News can reveal that a seventh small boat crossed into UK waters this evening, carrying 49 migrants.

It follows six other boats, carrying 336 people, which were intercepted by Border Force, earlier on Monday.

The 385 total is the biggest one-day figure since 358 people made the illegal journey on January 17.

Migrants arriving in Dover

Migrants were taken for processing after arriving in Dover


Just after 6am, the Border Force Catamaran Typhoon arrived in Dover with the first group of 110 migrants.

They were taken to the nearby Border Force processing facility in Dover harbour.

By 11am, another 123 migrants arrived at the Kent port on the Border Force vessel Hurricane.

GB News Kent producer counted a further 53 people taken off the Border Force Catamaran Ranger on Monday afternoon.

People smuggling gangs took advantage of an improvement in weather conditions, which saw a further 327 migrants reach UK waters on eight small boats on Sunday.


Today's arrivals take the total number of migrants arriving the UK to more than 900 in just six days


Migrant charities in France reported chaotic scenes along the north west French coast, as hundreds of migrants attempted to launch their boats.

In one incident, a seven-year-old girl drowned, and other members of her family were rescued, after their small boat capsized near Dunkirk.

Today's arrivals take the total number of migrants arriving the UK to more than 900 in just six days.

The total number arriving since the beginning of the year is now 2,918.

The latest illegal crossings come as Home Secretary James Cleverly travelled to Brussels for a meeting of the Calais Group, on how best to tackle the small boat crisis.

Migrants UKHuge numbers of migrants are still coming to Britain via small boats PA

The Group, which includes France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands, alongside the UK, is expected to agree on tougher action against the people smuggling gangs.

Commenting on the latest surge in small boats, a Home Office spokesperson said: "Our priority is to stop the boats, which is why we have taken robust action to crack down on vile people smuggling gangs, deter migrants from making dangerous crossings and, alongside our French counterparts, intercept vessels.

"This relentless action reduced crossings by 36% last year, despite numbers soaring by 80 per cent in the Mediterranean, and more than 26,000 attempts were prevented."

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