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More migrants brought ashore by Border Force


Monday: Dozens more migrants have been brought ashore by Border Force as illegal crossings carry on for the tenth consecutive day.

A group of mainly male migrants were seen arriving at the Port of Dover aboard Border Force vessels while wearing orange lifejackets, before being taken into the immigration processing centre.

The arrivals came as it was confirmed that 77 migrants aboard two vessels were intercepted and processed in the coastal town on Sunday.

Official figures show that 9,455 in 193 boats have been recorded making the crossing so far this year - with 1,888 being recorded in the first 12 days of May alone.

It comes just days after the Hone Office said it had paused publishing statistics on the number of migrants prevented from crossing the Channel in small boats.

It followed 'consultation with the French', the update said, and the department would 'provide further updates on the publication of prevention data as soon as possible'.

Exact reasons for the U-turn have not been disclosed.

But the Home Office said the statistics were 'estimates' and prone to 'measurement error'.

From May 4 to May 12, 1,177 migrants have been confirmed to have been intercepted, according to the latest Home Office figures.

The cumulative number of arrivals by small boats in 2024 now stands at a provisional total of 8,278.

This is 34 per cent higher than the total at the equivalent point last year, which was 6,192, and 19% higher than the total at this stage in 2022, which was 6,945.