Migrants arriving in the UK after crossing the Channel in small boats could be electronically marked
Channel migrants could be electronically marked upon arrival in Britain under strict new plans to deter dangerous crossings.
Ministers hope the proposals will help stifle the black market and curb the recent wave of migrants making the perilous journey to Britain in dinghies.
Under the new measures, working-age migrants would be tagged and subject to movement restrictions while their stay applications are being processed, according to The Sun.
Channel migrants could be electronically marked upon arrival in Britain under strict new plans to deter dangerous crossings. Pictured: Migrants arrive in Dover on Wednesday
Wednesday’s crossings brought the tally for 2021 to a record 28,020 – more than three times the 8,500 who made the trip in 2020, Home Ministry figures show
Ministers drawing up the plans believe there is no short-term solution to halt the current influx, but hope the measures will reduce the number.
The Home Office and a new Cabinet Office working group are behind the proposals, and they are also considering introducing curfews.
More than a million illegal immigrants are believed to work in Britain and fuel the black market.
A Home Ministry source said the new measures are a “low-cost, high-impact way to bring about change quickly.”
Migrant famous after being intercepted by UK border forces as he is brought ashore
At least 100 migrants, including a child wrapped in blankets and snow boots (pictured), were intercepted Wednesday morning, despite temperatures plunging below freezing overnight
They added: “Illegal entry is not a crime without punishment. The marking will make it faster and easier to expel those who are not allowed to be here.”
It comes as at least 100 migrants, including children wrapped in blankets and snow boots, were intercepted as they attempted to cross the Channel on Wednesday despite temperatures that plunged below freezing overnight. .
It took the tally for 2021 to a record 28,020 – more than three times the 8,500 who crossed the border in 2020, according to Interior Ministry figures.
The first group of about 25 people were rescued after braving the freezing cold to travel the 21 miles of the Strait of Pas de Calais in utter darkness overnight.
An RNLI crew brought them to Dungeness, Kent, aboard a lifeboat shortly after 4.30am.
Migrants are seen aboard British border forces vessel HMC Speedwell, after being recovered at sea
On board were at least two women, including one holding the hand of a boy aged about six.
The group stood on the shingle to be processed by Immigration Enforcement, with police and coast guards also present.
Crossings also continued at Dover Marina, Kent, where Border Force coast guard Speedwell docked at around 9:30 a.m. with 30 others on board.
What happens to migrants after they arrive in the UK?
Migrants who have been picked up after landing or intercepting at sea are taken to a border forces processing center, usually near Dover
Here, arrivals are screened to identify any medical needs or vulnerabilities, fed and checked to see if they have a criminal record. Adults have an initial interview before being sent to a shelter across Britain, paid for by UK taxpayers and provided by private contractors.
Migrants receive £ 37.75 per week for essentials such as food, clothing and toiletries while they wait for a decision on their asylum claim. Kent County Council normally takes care of unaccompanied children, although other local authorities are also involved in this program.
Other migrants could be held in a detention center ahead of a plan to send them back to Europe. However, only five were expelled last year, with ministers admitting “difficulties”.
Migrants are regularly intercepted in the area, despite being one of the busiest sea routes in the world.
The group, made up entirely of men wearing life jackets, were seen smiling and waving as they were brought ashore.
The photos also showed a frozen individual wrapped in a towel as he was pushed into a wheelchair by border force officers.
The Dover Lifeboat – the RNLB City of London II – then returned to port shortly after around 10 a.m. with 30 other migrants on board after attempting to make the crossing in a large inflatable boat.
Speedwell returned to Dover Marina at 10:30 am with 20 other people on board, including a small baby wrapped in a blanket.
The arrivals brought the total number of people making the crossing so far in December to 1,409 out of 47 boats.
That’s more than six times the 211 that arrived in 16 boats in the same month last year.
Despite calmer conditions in the early hours, the weather at sea became dangerous with high winds making the already dangerous voyage almost unviable.
However, search and rescue missions are underway in the English Channel with the two large Border Force vessels Searcher and Hurricane on standby.
French authorities also prevented at least 86 people from reaching the UK in four events on Tuesday, according to the Home Office.
Small boat crossings had stopped briefly due to high winds and high tides in recent weeks, but have since resumed due to calmer waters in the English Channel.
A total of 27 people, including seven women and a seven-year-old girl, are believed to have died when their boat sank during an attempted crossing.
Dan O’Mahoney, Clandestine Channel Threat Commander, said: “The tragedy of the past month is a devastating reminder of the dangers of crossing the Channel and we are determined to work with our European and international partners to target ruthless organized criminal gangs. behind them.
“Incredibly, these gangs continue their murderous business with more crossings today, shamelessly putting lives at risk.
A migrant is escorted in front of canoes used for the crossing of the port of Dover by officers of the border forces after being rescued during the crossing of the English Channel, in Dover
“Those planning to make the trip should seek asylum in the first safe country they reach instead of risking their lives crossing the Channel from a safe EU country.
“The government’s new immigration plan will be firm on those who come here on illegal routes and fair on those using safe and legal routes. This will reduce the pull factors in the current asylum and immigration system. ‘
It came like The Prisons Inspectorate and Independent Oversight Boards of Dover and Heathrow (IMB) – made up of volunteers commissioned by ministers – have published their findings on the migrant detention centers visited in the past three months.
Women who said they were raped by smugglers were “not supported enough” and unaccompanied children were being held with unrelated adults, according to the report.
Tom Pursglove, Minister for Justice and Combating Illegal Migration, said: “For almost two decades the public has been calling for reform of the failing asylum system and this is what this government has proposed.
‘The Nationality and Borders Bill, which was supported by a majority of 67 MPs this month, will make it a criminal offense to knowingly arrive in the UK illegally and introduce jail terms to life sentence for those who facilitate illegal entry into the country.
“The sooner the House of Lords passes the bill in the new year, the sooner we can break the business model of smugglers, protect those who genuinely need asylum and ensure the swift removal of those who do not. not allowed to be here. ‘
Last month, Priti Patel also pledged to stop migrant crossings “100%” after crisis discussions online with her French counterparts.
A joint statement released by the Home Office also said they also discussed the growing migrant crisis in Eastern Europe, which Britain accused Belarus and Russia of having designed to undermine European unity.
Miss Patel and Mr Darmanin said: “Tonight the Home Secretary met with her French counterpart Gerald Darmanin to discuss the problem of small boats crossing the Channel and the operational response to this problem.
“The Minister of the Interior and the Minister of the Interior have agreed to further strengthen operational cooperation. More needs to be done to stop dangerous crossings. They agreed to accelerate the fulfillment of the commitments made in the July 2021 joint agreement to keep their joint determination to prevent 100% of crossings and to make this deadly route unsustainable.