More migrants land on English coast after 40 boats brought 1,000 in two days

More than 1,000 people have made the dangerous trip across the English Channel to the UK in two days in at least 40 boats. 

After 10 days where crossings were made impossible by bad weather, boats began arriving on the English coast on Friday and Saturday with the arrival of a sunny spell in the south of the country. 

Since the start of the year, more than 18,000 people have successfully reached the UK on board small boats, according to data compiled by the PA news agency. 

On Friday, 624 people on board 23 boats reached the UK – the fourth highest daily tally on record during the current crisis – and at least 491 people, including children, arrived in Britain on Saturday aboard 17 boats.

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, onboard a Border Force vessel

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, onboard a Border Force vessel

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, onboard a Border Force vessel

A young girl is helped by a Border Force officer as a group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent

A young girl is helped by a Border Force officer as a group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent

A young girl is helped by a Border Force officer as a group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent

A 16-day-old girl from Iraq is pictured on the shores of Dungeness, Kent after being rescued by Border Force

A 16-day-old girl from Iraq is pictured on the shores of Dungeness, Kent after being rescued by Border Force

A 16-day-old girl from Iraq is pictured on the shores of Dungeness, Kent after being rescued by Border Force

After evading French security at first light, the migrants piled into dinghies and spent nine hours crossing the English Channel, before they were picked up by British immigration officers yesterday

After evading French security at first light, the migrants piled into dinghies and spent nine hours crossing the English Channel, before they were picked up by British immigration officers yesterday

After evading French security at first light, the migrants piled into dinghies and spent nine hours crossing the English Channel, before they were picked up by British immigration officers yesterday

Data compiled by PA Media reveals that more than 17,000 people have crossed the Channel in 2021 so far

Data compiled by PA Media reveals that more than 17,000 people have crossed the Channel in 2021 so far

Data compiled by PA Media reveals that more than 17,000 people have crossed the Channel in 2021 so far 

Albanian government officials DENY claims that migrants arriving by boat to UK will be detained in new offshore asylum processing centre in Balkans 

The Albanian government has denied that it is in talks with Britain to detain illegal migrants crossing the Channel in small boats while UK authorities handle their asylum requests.

The Albanian Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman branded reports in the Sun that London and Tirana are in talks to establish a new processing centre in the Balkan nation ‘absolutely untrue’.

The newspaper had quoted an unnamed insider in the talks saying that Home Secretary Priti Patel ‘has made it clear she wants this to happen’ and ‘we are down to the fine details’.

But spokesman Endri Fuga rubbished suggestions that Albania would host migrants on behalf of any third country and urged ‘richer and bigger countries’ to take in their share of migrants. 

Albania’s denial is likely to raise questions about who briefed the Sun on the supposed plans. Miss Patel had been under pressure to clamp-down on illegal Channel crossings from France after the number of migrants detained by Border Force hit record highs this year.  

A Government spokesman told MailOnline: ‘We are determined to tackle the unacceptable rise in dangerous Channel crossings. 

‘The New Plan for Immigration is the only long term solution to fix the broken system, and includes changes to the law to tackle criminal gangs and prevent further loss of life. This is a shared, international challenge and we continue to work with other countries to meet it.’ 

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The perilous crossings continued on Sunday, with more people being seen arrived in Dover. 

The arrivals included a woman ushering a small child from Iraq ahead who were guided up a gangway by a border official – while French police were accused of watching scores of migrants leave Calais ‘unchallenged’.  

The number of people arriving on the British Isles remains high, despite Home Secretary Priti Patel’s pledge to send £54million to French authorities to tackle the crisis. 

But, France’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin has claimed that ‘not one euro has been paid’ following a visit to Dunkirk yesterday as he warned that ‘migratory pressure is returning after Covid’ and insisted that his government has increased efforts recently to curb it amid mounting criticism. 

The UK Government had pledged to give France £54million to support its efforts to stop small boat crossings in the second agreement of its kind made this year as data compiled by PA Media revealed that more than 17,000 people have crossed the Channel in 2021 so far. 

However, Miss Patel sparked fury in Paris after she indicated the money would be withheld unless French authorities stopped more boats sailing across the Channel.

Weeks after agreeing to give France the money, she was reported to have told Tory MPs privately: ‘We’ve not given them a penny of the money so far and France is going to have to get its act together if it wants to see the cash. It’s payment by results and we’ve not seen those results. The money is conditional.’

After her remarks, and disclosure of a UK plan to turn around boats in the Channel, France’s interior minister said his country would not accept ‘any practice contrary to maritime law, nor any financial blackmail’. 

Mr Darmanin later accused London of ‘financial blackmail’, and told the Associated Press last night: ‘For now, not one euro has been paid. We are asking the British to keep their promises of financing because we are holding the border for them.’   

He also called on Britain to take measures to reduce its ‘attractiveness’ for migrants without residency papers, without elaborating. Mr Darmanin said: ‘We are speaking of human beings. There are children, babies who are taking these boats, who are risking their lives. There are people who die in the Channel. I don’t want them to be hostage to political debates.’

Meanwhile General Frantz Tavart – the French commander in charge of patrols along the Calais coastline – has threatened to pull out his men if the UK refused to pay.

General Tavart previously said: ‘We know the British have threatened to cut their financial support. I’m very clear. If they stop paying for their reservists I will pull my men. For us, it is a real form of ingratitude.’

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin attends the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin attends the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France

Home Secretary Priti Patel making her keynote address to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester

Home Secretary Priti Patel making her keynote address to the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester

France has reignited a bruising war of words after Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin (left) claimed that none of the £54million that Home Secretary Priti Patel (right) had promised them to tackle the surge of migrants crossing the Channel has been paid yet

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin talks to the press during a visit on the theme of border controls and fight against illegal immigration on October 9, 2021

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin talks to the press during a visit on the theme of border controls and fight against illegal immigration on October 9, 2021

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin talks to the press during a visit on the theme of border controls and fight against illegal immigration on October 9, 2021

Miss Patel previously threatened to turn boats around and send them back to Europe as part of her 'pushback' plan

Miss Patel previously threatened to turn boats around and send them back to Europe as part of her 'pushback' plan

Miss Patel previously threatened to turn boats around and send them back to Europe as part of her ‘pushback’ plan

An RNLI lifeboat carries migrants ashore at Dungeness in Kent on October 9, 2021

An RNLI lifeboat carries migrants ashore at Dungeness in Kent on October 9, 2021

An RNLI lifeboat carries migrants ashore at Dungeness in Kent on October 9, 2021

Since the start of the year, more than 18,000 people have successfully reached the UK on board small boats, according to data compiled by the PA news agency.

Since the start of the year, more than 18,000 people have successfully reached the UK on board small boats, according to data compiled by the PA news agency.

Since the start of the year, more than 18,000 people have successfully reached the UK on board small boats, according to data compiled by the PA news agency.

Cooperation with Paris 'has led to nearly 300 arrests, 65 convictions and prevented more than 13,500 crossings' according to the Home Office

Cooperation with Paris 'has led to nearly 300 arrests, 65 convictions and prevented more than 13,500 crossings' according to the Home Office

Cooperation with Paris ‘has led to nearly 300 arrests, 65 convictions and prevented more than 13,500 crossings’ according to the Home Office

‘The proof of our efficiency is that smugglers are now trying to go from the Belgian coast, even the Somme. But that dilutes our resources across the territory. It’s like a game of chess where the smugglers always make the first move.’ 

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng insisted the UK was working ‘very effectively’ with France to tackle migrant crossings. 

He told Sky News’s Trevor Phillips On Sunday: ‘All I can say is that we’ve worked very effectively with the French government so far.’    

‘It is a good collaborative relationship and we obviously want to improve that.’  

A Home Office spokeswoman told MailOnline this morning that ‘with hundreds still risking their lives and making the crossing, all sides must do more’, adding that cooperation with Paris ‘has led to nearly 300 arrests, 65 convictions and prevented more than 13,500 crossings’. 

The number of people arriving on the British Isles remains high, despite Home Secretary Priti Patel's pledge to send £54million to French authorities to tackle the crisis.

The number of people arriving on the British Isles remains high, despite Home Secretary Priti Patel's pledge to send £54million to French authorities to tackle the crisis.

The number of people arriving on the British Isles remains high, despite Home Secretary Priti Patel’s pledge to send £54million to French authorities to tackle the crisis.

Channel Rescue, a charity which observes migrants arriving in small boats across the English Channel, warned today that the consequences of using controversial 'pushback' tactics could be 'horrific'.

Channel Rescue, a charity which observes migrants arriving in small boats across the English Channel, warned today that the consequences of using controversial 'pushback' tactics could be 'horrific'.

Channel Rescue, a charity which observes migrants arriving in small boats across the English Channel, warned today that the consequences of using controversial ‘pushback’ tactics could be ‘horrific’.

Last year, inspectors found that migrants 'almost always' arrived wet and cold and then 'often had to spend hours in the open air or in cramped containers'.

Last year, inspectors found that migrants 'almost always' arrived wet and cold and then 'often had to spend hours in the open air or in cramped containers'.

Last year, inspectors found that migrants ‘almost always’ arrived wet and cold and then ‘often had to spend hours in the open air or in cramped containers’.

An RNLI lifeboat carries migrants ashore at Dungeness in Kent on October 9, 2021

An RNLI lifeboat carries migrants ashore at Dungeness in Kent on October 9, 2021

An RNLI lifeboat carries migrants ashore at Dungeness in Kent on October 9, 2021

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin listens to explanations during a visit on the theme of border controls and fight against illegal immigration on October 9, 2021

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin listens to explanations during a visit on the theme of border controls and fight against illegal immigration on October 9, 2021

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin listens to explanations during a visit on the theme of border controls and fight against illegal immigration on October 9, 2021

Official figures published today show more than 1,100 people crossed the English Channel to the UK aboard small boats over Friday and Saturday, with at least 624 people reaching the UK on Friday aboard 23 boats and 491 people crossing on Saturday aboard 17 boats.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng insisted the UK was working ‘very effectively’ with France to tackle migrant crossings. He told Sky News’s Trevor Phillips On Sunday: ‘All I can say is that we’ve worked very effectively with the French government so far.’

The call came as a charity warned the consequences of using controversial ‘pushback’ tactics could be ‘horrific’. Kim Bryan from Channel Rescue, which observes migrants arriving in small boats across the Channel, told BBC Breakfast on Sunday that in the last two weeks her group had spotted, from the cliffs of Dover, Border Force officials practising a pushback using jet-skis.

Miss Patel previously threatened to turn boats around and send them back to Europe as part of her ‘pushback’ plan. However, French politicians branded the Home Secretary a ‘clown’, while Mr Darmanin claimed any action to send migrant boats back would be illegal. 

The Home Office’s permanent secretary, Matthew Rycroft, last month told the Commons Home Affairs Committee only a ‘small proportion’ of boats could legally be turned back towards France using the tactics. He was also unable to tell when, or if, the policy would be put into practice. 

Ruthless people smugglers have taken advantage of the warm start to October, with a recent surge in successful crossings reported across Kent in the past week.

Ruthless people smugglers have taken advantage of the warm start to October, with a recent surge in successful crossings reported across Kent in the past week.

Ruthless people smugglers have taken advantage of the warm start to October, with a recent surge in successful crossings reported across Kent in the past week.

Officers have now detained at least 17,228 migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats so far this year, more than double the record number who made the treacherous crossing in all of 2020

Officers have now detained at least 17,228 migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats so far this year, more than double the record number who made the treacherous crossing in all of 2020

Officers have now detained at least 17,228 migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats so far this year, more than double the record number who made the treacherous crossing in all of 2020

Official statistics showed more than 3,872 people arrived in 113 incidents last month - breaking the 3,509 who made the dangerous journey in 117 boats in July

Official statistics showed more than 3,872 people arrived in 113 incidents last month - breaking the 3,509 who made the dangerous journey in 117 boats in July

Official statistics showed more than 3,872 people arrived in 113 incidents last month – breaking the 3,509 who made the dangerous journey in 117 boats in July

A young girl carries her boots as a group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, onboard a Border Force vesse

A young girl carries her boots as a group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, onboard a Border Force vesse

A young girl carries her boots as a group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, onboard a Border Force vesse

Home Office blew £6,757 in a month at Domino’s in Dover for migrants who had crossed the Channel 

The Home Office spent £6,757 in one month on Domino’s pizzas to feed migrants arriving in the UK after crossing the Channel from France, figures show.

Hundreds of pizzas were bought from the Dover branch of the fast food chain in July, according to analysis of the government department’s spending.

A disclosure log for Home Office procurement card transactions costing more than £500 for the four-week period contained five separate entries from UK Immigration Enforcement for such food orders, totalling £6,757. 

The takeaways were provided while migrants were at Tug Haven – a short-term holding facility in Dover where they are first taken from the beach or sea.

The most expensive entry – £1,824 – said: ‘This was an urgent need to feed a large number of migrants that had been on the Tug Haven compound in Dover for over 12 hours, and were likely to stay over 24 hours due to issues blocking their movement with resources and the Irc (immigration removal centre) estate.’ 

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It comes as dozens of people were seen being brought ashore in Dover by Border Force yesterday after making the perilous Channel crossing. The arrivals included a woman ushering a small child from Iraq ahead who were guided up a gangway by a border official – while French police were accused of watching scores of migrants leave Calais ‘unchallenged’. 

Ms Bryan told BBC Breakfast on Sunday: ‘What they seem to be doing is pushing the boat from the stern and from the bow, and I guess the idea is they’re going to push them back into French waters. 

‘These boats are incredibly flimsy. Just the wash from jet-skis going around them in the first place could cause them to capsize. What we will be seeing, then, if this starts happening, is tragedy. The consequences are going to be horrific. 

‘I think it’s entirely unsafe, entirely impractical for Priti Patel to suggest that we do pushbacks in the Channel.’ 

Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said Miss Patel ‘needs to come clean’ over her strategy to tackle small boats crossings.

The Labour MP told Sky News: ‘The Home Secretary needs to come clean because every single person risking their lives in that dangerous sea crossing of the English Channel is one too many.’

He said the fact that more than 1,100 people crossed to the UK in just two days across Friday and Saturday shows withholding money from France ‘clearly isn’t working’.

He added: ‘I’ve always thought the Home Secretary needed to take a different approach.

‘Whilst of course the patrols at the coast preventing people getting out onto the water and risking their lives is hugely important – of course it is – what I fear the Home Secretary misses is the fact that nobody becomes a refugee in northern France.

‘We need to be tackling the people smugglers and these vile criminal gangs further away from the coast as well.’ 

It comes as Sky News footage this week showed migrants leaving Calais unchallenged by armed police – in what is likely to be a fresh blow to Anglo-French relations. 

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin talks to the press during a visit on the theme of border controls and fight against illegal immigration on October 9, 2021

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin talks to the press during a visit on the theme of border controls and fight against illegal immigration on October 9, 2021

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin talks to the press during a visit on the theme of border controls and fight against illegal immigration on October 9, 2021

Dozens of migrants pile into an inflatable boat in Calais, watched by French police

Dozens of migrants pile into an inflatable boat in Calais, watched by French police

Armed French police officers (left) watch on from 100 yards away as scores of migrants (right) begin their perilous journey across the English Channel in Calais, France

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, by Border Force officers, following a small boat incident in the Channel, Sunday October 10, 2021

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, by Border Force officers, following a small boat incident in the Channel, Sunday October 10, 2021

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, by Border Force officers, following a small boat incident in the Channel, Sunday October 10, 2021

Dozens of people were seen piling into inflatable rafts, dinghies – and even a canoe – in their desperate bid to make it across the English Channel, with French security ‘stood by and watched’.  

At the Tory annual conference earlier this week, Miss Patel described France as a ‘safe country’ and reiterated her desire to ‘turn back the boats’. 

After evading French security at first light, the migrants piled into dinghies and spent nine hours crossing the English Channel, before they were picked up by immigration officers. 

Ruthless people smugglers have taken advantage of the warm start to October, with a recent surge in successful crossings reported across Kent in the past week.

But Sky News has reported French security ‘stood by and watched’ the scenes of chaos unfold from less than 100 yards away instead of intervening. 

A group of approximately 10 officers allegedly stood idle as two separate groups of migrants piled onto inflatable boats that took up to 10 minutes to get their engines started. 

In a later clip, a helicopter flown by French border control flies over the Strait of Dover, watching on as another caravan of migrants makes the treacherous journey. 

Armed French police watch migrants leave calais

Armed French police watch migrants leave calais

Armed French police officers (left) watch on from 100 yards away as scores of migrants (right) begin their perilous journey across the English Channel in Calais, France

French officials are said to be investigating patrol efforts on the French border in the wake of the footage, Sky News reports.  Since the start of the year, more than 17,000 migrants have succeeded in reaching the UK – double the figure for the whole of 2020. 

Dan O’Mahoney, clandestine channel threat commander for Border Force, said: ‘The Government is determined to tackle the unacceptable rise in dangerous Channel crossings using every tool at our disposal, at every stage in the journey.

‘Working with police and international partners, this year there have been nearly 300 arrests, 65 convictions related to small boat criminality and our targeted efforts have prevented more than 13,500 migrant attempts. But this is a complicated issue requiring changes to our laws. 

‘The Government’s New Plan for Immigration provides a long term solution to fix the broken system and deliver the change required to tackle criminal gangs and prevent further loss of life.’

It comes after September was the busiest month on record, with Dover receiving four times the amount of migrants compared to September 2020. 

Official statistics showed more than 3,872 have arrived in 113 incidents last month – breaking the 3,509 who made the dangerous journey in 117 boats in July.

And officers have now detained at least 17,228 migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats so far this year, more than double the record number who made the treacherous crossing in all of 2020.

The Home Office has been contacted to provide comment. 

In 2020 there were a total of 8,410 were detained in small boat incidents. Last year, inspectors found that migrants ‘almost always’ arrived wet and cold and then ‘often had to spend hours in the open air or in cramped containers’. 

This comes just days after Miss Patel committed to reducing the number of channel crossings, telling the Tory Party conference in Manchester: ‘The shocking images of people crammed into flimsy boats, exploited by people smugglers, vile criminals, characterized by ruthlessness and greed who even threatened to drown small children just to line their pockets.

‘This can not continue, this is why we are going after the criminals behind this perilous trade of people smuggling.’

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