In the early hours of 25 December, 40 migrants – some of whom tried crossing in dinghies – were rescued from five different incidents.
The groups are made up of Afghans, Iranians, and Iraqis including two children. They have all been medically assessed after they were brought in the UK and will now be interviewed by immigration officials except for the children who are now enjoying social services according to UK’s Home Office.
UK Working to Stop Gangs
Organized criminal gang activity is responsible for the crossing attempts according to the Home Office.
In this respect, a spokesperson revealed that the Home Office is joining forces with the French as well as other enforcement partners to deal with gangs exploiting vulnerable people, putting lives at risk as a result.
Resources are continually released to save these situations, according to the spokesperson. Border Force cutters and coast patrol vessels are sent to rescue stricken boats without hesitation.
In recent months, an increase has been observed in the number of people that attempt crossing the English Channel in small and usually unsafe journeys. In just two weeks in November, not less than 86 people were picked up.
This increase in channel crossings is a sequel to tighter border checks in France as well as crackdowns on migrant camps, both of which have made it hard to enter the UK by other means.
UK Home Office said a 50% reduction in clandestine detections have been seeing since it started working with French authorities and enhanced security measures since 2015.
Since April this year, 43 organized crime groups involved in smuggling people have been disrupted by immigration enforcement. Also, two men got eight years jail term each in November for smuggling people into the country.
The attempt to enter Britain by a lot of migrants is deeply concerning according to Dover MP Charlie Elphicke. He said it is highly dangerous, particularly for children, to make such attempts in winter. He emphasized the need for Britain to work with the French to stop such trafficking before significant hazards happen in the English Channel.
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