A record number of migrants have arrived in Kent in a single day after the flow of migrants continued.
There were a recorded 482 people, mostly young men, reached Kent illegally on Wednesday, with a further 475 more on Thursday. These are just the ones that the UK Border Force is aware of and have taken in.
More than 10,000 migrants have officially crossed the Channel by small boat so far this year.
The French were said to be feeling quite proud of their efforts, after they reported stopping over 200 people from crossing. The French report greatly differs from the Home Office’s report on French interceptions.
On Wednesday, a beachgoer filmed a large dinghy full of migrants pull up on the beach near to Dungeness Power Station. Police were already waiting to collect them but allowed the group to pose for smartphone selfies on the pebbles as they celebrated their successful crossing
These numbers are unacceptable, that’s why we are taking action on all fronts
The footage showed young children among the group of around 30 migrants who had made most of the treacherous crossing from France in a large blow-up boat before being assisted by the RNLI, which helped to bring them ashore.
The RNLI are still embedded in a debate about their work in bringing migrants ashore. They insist that they will continue to save lives, yet opponents still argue that many of the migrants do not actually need saving and the RNLI is just making the crossings easier – encouragin more to attempt the crossing.
Dover and Deal MP Natalie Elphicke has condemned the record-breaking figure of migrants crossing the Channel as ‘outrageous’ – calling for boats to be turned around at sea and returned to France.