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At least 20 other migrants arrive in British waters after crossing the canal in the early morning


At least 20 migrants were stopped crossing the canal this morning as French authorities claim they stopped more than five times more refugees compared to last year.

According to the Home Office, 677 people, including at least one small child, were caught on the dangerous crossing from France to England between Thursday and Sunday.

This morning the Border Force patrol boat Hunter stopped a full ship of 20 migrants off the coast of Dover.

As pressure mounts to do more, Calais bosses have announced that they have intercepted at least 810 people trying to make the dangerous crossing.

Around 4,000 people have made the crossing since the beginning of this year – this morning more migrants can be seen in small boats.

More migrants were seen crossing the Channel this morning as French authorities have insisted they have intercepted more than 800 people so far this year

Since the beginning of this year, around 4,000 people have managed to make the crossing from France to England

The calm weather on the canal has created conditions for small boats from France to cross

The calm weather on the canal has created conditions for small boats from France to cross

The former head of the Defense Ministry suggests using cruise ships for quarantine

Former Secretary General of the Department of Defense, Rear Admiral Chris Parry, has proposed using decommissioned cruise ships to contain crossings.

He told The Telegraph, “One of the things I've been watching this week is one of the many unemployed cruise lines along the south coast.

"You put them on a cruise ship, you quarantine them, you give them medical checks, and then you can process them, and those that can come to the UK come and those that cannot be returned."

Last week the Home Office formally asked the Royal Navy for assistance in dealing with migrants attempting to cross the English Channel in small boats.

Under new plans, Royal Navy and Border Force ships would pick up migrants and bring them to Dunkirk in northern France instead of providing refuge in the UK.

Admiral Lord West, the former chief of the Royal Navy, has endorsed the plan, telling the Daily Mail: “This catastrophic situation will only escalate if the Royal Navy is not involved.

"It is evident that despite the best efforts of the Border Forces and the support of the Coast Guard and the RNLI, the Home Office is not going to cope."

However, former Foreign Secretary David Miliband has criticized the proposal.

He told the Times, “The bigger the wall, the more desperate the measures to bypass it.

"Cooler heads must prevail if Britain is to maintain an effective and humane response because the law of the sea states that anyone in need must be apprehended for a reason."

The most recent landings come after it became known that France is expected to ask for £ 30 million to curb the flow of migrants across the canal.

Around 20 migrants were intercepted by Border Force officials off the Dover coast on Monday

Around 20 migrants were intercepted by Border Force officials off the Dover coast on Monday

The Border Force patrol boat Hunter intercepted a small ship this morning carrying refugees to Dover

The Border Force patrol boat Hunter intercepted a small ship this morning carrying refugees to Dover

Around 20 refugees were intercepted on a small boat off the coast of Dover this morning

Around 20 refugees were intercepted on a small boat off the coast of Dover this morning

The Hunter patrol ship selected a group of migrants crossing the Channel from France

The Hunter patrol ship selected a group of migrants crossing the Channel from France

A source reported today that French officials at The Telegraph have asked the UK to pay the staggering figure to help fund more beach patrols.

Meanwhile, Home Secretary Priti Patel appointed a former Royal Marine to the role of "Channel Threat Commander" yesterday.

As a former Royal Marines Commando who served in Iraq and Kosovo, Dan O & # 39; Mahoney hopes he can stop organized gangs smuggling people from Calais across the Canal.

Mr O & # 39; Mahoney said, "This role is vital in the fight against the heinous crime committed by the people who smuggle through the Canal."

Ms. Patel's Home Office was accused of losing control after a new daily record for migrant crossings was set on Thursday – when a 235 arrived in 17 ships in one day.

A mother is reunited with her child as migrants believed to have been picked up by boats in the canal are handled by border guards

People wearing blankets and life jackets arrived aboard a Border Force boat in Dover on Saturday afternoon while others reportedly landed on Kent's beaches. Pictured: a Border Force officer carries a migrant child

Migrants are being brought ashore in Dover after some small boats were intercepted in the canal today

Migrants are being brought ashore in Dover after some small boats were intercepted in the canal today

Under new plans, Royal Navy and Border Force ships would pick up migrants and bring them to Dunkirk in northern France instead of providing refuge in the UK. Pictured: migrants with face covering arrive in Dover

Under new plans, Royal Navy and Border Force ships would pick up migrants and bring them to Dunkirk in northern France instead of providing refuge in the UK. Pictured: migrants with face covering arrive in Dover

A refugee charity chief also described the government's handling of the situation as "increasingly chaotic".

Plans to introduce the navy will be presented to the French government in Paris on Tuesday.

In a statement, the Department of Defense said, “We are evaluating the requirements through formal military assistance to the civil authority process and are working hard to determine how we can most effectively help.

The most recent landings come after it became known that France is expected to ask for £ 30 million to curb the flow of migrants across the canal. Pictured: migrants are bought to Dover

The most recent landings come after it became known that France is expected to ask for £ 30 million to curb the flow of migrants across the canal. Pictured: migrants are bought to Dover

Ms. Patel's Home Office was accused of losing control after a new daily record for migrant crossings was set on Thursday - when a 235 arrived in 17 ships in one day. Pictured: a view showing how dinghies are stored in Dover Harbor

Ms. Patel's Home Office was accused of losing control after a new daily record for migrant crossings was set on Thursday – when a 235 arrived in 17 ships in one day. Pictured: a view showing how dinghies are stored in Dover Harbor

People wearing blankets and life jackets arrived aboard a Border Force boat (pictured) in Dover Saturday afternoon, while others reportedly landed on Kent's beaches

People wearing blankets and life jackets arrived aboard a Border Force boat (pictured) in Dover Saturday afternoon, while others reportedly landed on Kent's beaches

"As always, the Department of Defense will do everything possible to meet the HMG requirements."

Ms. Patel said: “The number of illegal small boat crossings is appalling.

“We are working to make this path unprofitable and arrest the criminals who will facilitate these transitions and ensure that they are brought to justice.

"Dan's appointment is critical to shortening this route by bringing together all of the operational partners in the UK and France."

A group of migrants who tried to cross the canal on a dinghy were picked up by the National Gendarmerie and brought back to Calais today

A group of migrants who tried to cross the canal on a dinghy were picked up by the National Gendarmerie and brought back to Calais today

A toddler (pictured) was brought to safety by the Border Force as officers worked around the clock while the number of people making the treasonous trip soared

A toddler (pictured) was brought to safety by the Border Force as officers worked around the clock while the number of people making the treasonous trip soared

Other images showed a suspected migrant being pushed in a wheelchair by Dover officials

Other images showed a suspected migrant being pushed in a wheelchair by Dover officials

Four men, some of whom use shovels as paddles, crossed the English Channel in a small dinghy on August 7th

Four men, some of whom use shovels as paddles, crossed the English Channel in a small dinghy on August 7th

The boy was carried by a boat with at least six other people. There seemed to be other small children on board

The boy was carried by a boat with at least six other people. There seemed to be other small children on board

Border guards escort a group of men - presumably migrants - who are all wearing protective face masks in Dover

Border guards escort a group of men – presumably migrants – who are all wearing protective face masks in Dover

The Border Force ship is bringing a group of people - including children - who are considered migrants to the port city of Dover

The Border Force ship is bringing a group of people – including children – who are considered migrants to the port city of Dover

Britain has so far paid more than £ 100 million to fund the French response to the migrant crisis.

In 2015, the UK paid £ 10 million for security clearance and reduced the number of migrants waiting to be crossed.

Another £ 17m was paid in 2016, £ 36m in 2017, £ 45m in 2018, £ 3.25m in 2019 and £ 2.25m this year through March.

It is because more than 4,000 migrants have already traveled to the UK this year – more than twice as many as in 2019.

The recent heat wave and calm seas have encouraged more boats than ever to cross the 84 km stretch of water.

A wheelchair user, pregnant woman, unaccompanied children and newborn were among the last to arrive this week.

Officials already disagree on whether millions more should be paid to address the growing problem.

Tim Loughton MP, the senior Conservative member of the home affairs selection committee that oversees immigration for Parliament, told the newspaper: “It is quite rich for the French to ask even more money from UK taxpayers to solve a problem They have not treated unique on their own territory. & # 39;

The border guard escorted a young family believed to be migrants from a border guard ship in Doveron on Friday

The border guard escorted a young family believed to be migrants from a border guard ship in Doveron on Friday

A young baby was discovered yesterday morning arriving in Dover with his family after crossing the canal on a dinghy - carried in what appears to be a gym bag

On Thursday morning, a young baby was spotted arriving in Dover with his family after crossing the canal on a dinghy – carried in what appeared to be a gym bag

Migrants have been photographed with shovels to paddle their boats (picture) and some have used paddling pools in place of suitable ships

Migrants have been photographed with shovels to paddle their boats (picture) and some have used paddling pools in place of suitable ships

In the meantime, a senior French government official has broken the charge as a "fantasy".

They said, "The simple fact is that a great deal of work is successfully put into stopping these crossings."

Mr. Wallace has agreed to tell the advisors to put together a military response that could include the deployment of Archer-class fast patrol boats off the south coast.

US-made P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol planes, drones and helicopters could also detect migrants from the French coast for interception by British ships.

The plan will be presented by Chris Philp, Minister for Immigration Compliance, at a meeting with French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.

The group of tired migrants tried to cross the canal with a dinghy. You will be returned to France

The group of tired migrants tried to cross the canal with a dinghy. You will be returned to France

The National Gendarmerie returned the migrants to France after trying to cross the canal

The National Gendarmerie returned the migrants to France after trying to cross the canal

Yesterday, images emerged of a toddler being brought to safety by the Border Force from a boat with at least six other people. There appeared to be other young children aboard the ship when it docked at Dover.

Other images showed a migrant being pushed in a wheelchair by Dover officials.

According to an analysis of the official numbers by Migrationwatch, around 7,500 migrants will cross the channel by the end of the year.

That would be almost four times the 1,892 that crossed to the UK in 2019, the campaign group predicted.

So far this year, nearly 4,000 migrants have crossed the Channel into the UK. Pictured: Children are picked up from the Border Force ship Hunter after being taken to Dover, Kent in small boats crossing the English Channel on Friday

So far this year, nearly 4,000 migrants have crossed the Channel into the UK. Pictured: Children are picked up from the Border Force ship Hunter after being taken to Dover, Kent in small boats crossing the English Channel on Friday

Kent County Council saw more than 500 unaccompanied migrant children, 23 of whom came on Thursday alone.

Council Chairman Roger Gough told The Times: “The numbers have increased over the last year as young people got through in trucks. Then, with the shutdown and disruption of the freight channels, the reliance on boats was much greater.

“We don't want a situation in which adults live in an environment with children and adolescents.

Immigration still too high – poll

More than half of Britons believe immigration is still too high despite years of Tory promises to bring it down, a study said yesterday.

It warned Boris Johnson that if his points-based immigration system allows for a wave of mass immigration, voters will turn against him.

The study by the think tank Migration Watch UK found that, according to recent polls, 54 percent of respondents believe that immigration has been too high in the past decade.

Only 5 percent think it is too low. And more than six in ten respondents said the government abused immigration policies.

The analysis found that fears about the impact of large-scale immigration became a major concern after Tony Blair opened the doors to millions of people inside and outside the European Union.

Concerns eased after David Cameron came to power in 2010 and pledged to bring immigration down to 1990s levels, and further eased after the 2016 Brexit referendum.

The report said: "Most still hold strong views about a perceived lack of effective immigration control."

According to the sources, ministers are considering using the Australian "push-back" method – a tactic to keep illegal migrants out of Indonesia.

The navy would have to be used to intercept migrant boats in the canal.

However, some fear that such drastic interventions could lead to drowning – and wonder whether the move would even be legal.

A Defense Department source said it was "totally potty" to involve the Navy, the Times reported.

A group of 14 migrants – including a heavily pregnant woman – managed to land on the Kent coast this morning and came ashore in the village of Kingsdown near Deal.

Officers were seen taking away possessions in bags of evidence as the migrants sat on the pebbles looking tired after their journey was over.

Two other groups reportedly landed at Folkestone and Deal while several boats were brought into Dover Marina on another busy day for border guards.

A second oversized customs cutter has been called in to help the people making the treacherous 21-mile journey across the world's busiest shipping route.

The Dover lifeboat did not return to the marina until just before 8 p.m. Friday after being called out to see more troubled migrants at 4.30 p.m.

Their first mission was around 3:30 a.m. and the crew was back at sea at 9:00 a.m. today. The crossings are expected to continue until at least noon.

It comes after more than 130 migrants were picked up in 13 small boats on Friday.

235 people landed or were brought ashore by boats in the English Channel on Thursday, a record number for a single day.

In some cases, makeshift flotation devices have been made from household items.

The dinghy fleet included a girl about eight years old, another girl about ten years old, and at least five large groups of adults in the town of Kent

The dinghy fleet included a girl about eight years old, another girl about ten years old, and at least five large groups of adults in the town of Kent

A group of people believed to be migrants were escorted to Dover by Border Force staff

A group of people believed to be migrants were escorted to Dover by Border Force staff

Just four miles off the French coast, a man was found with empty soda bottles strapped to his body for a swim to Britain.

In another shocking case, a group tried to get to the other side of the canal in a children's wading pool while some tried wooden boats or kayaks.

This week harrowing images surfaced of children wearing life jackets captured by the Border Force ship Hunter after being taken to Dover, Kent on a small boat.

Home Secretary Patel said the Royal Navy could be called in to prevent boats from reaching UK waters, although other senior officials and politicians say it could be impractical and potentially dangerous.

She tweeted: The number of illegal small boat crossings is appalling and unacceptably high.

& # 39; The numbers are shameful. France and other EU countries are safe countries. Real refugees should apply for asylum there, not risk their lives and break the law by coming to the UK.

In the picture: A swimmer crosses the English Channel when a dinghy with migrants is escorted by the French border police in the background on Friday

In the picture: A swimmer crosses the English Channel when a dinghy with migrants is escorted by the French border police in the background on Friday

“I'm working on making this route unprofitable. This includes: stopping boats leaving France and intercepting and returning those attempting to cross.

"This is complex and we are facing serious legal, legal and operational obstacles."

Former Labor Home Secretary Jack Straw, however, said any move based on Australia's controversial "push-back" approach could have lethal consequences.

“I don't think trying to push these people back will work and it only takes one of those dinghies to capsize and drown everyone, which is perfectly feasible for them to be a Hullabaloo, even in the Conservative Party, and with that Politics have to be reversed so that I don't go this route, ”he told BBC Radio 4's Today program.

Tony Smith, chief of the Border Force, said additional resources might not solve the problem as the Navy would be in the same boat as the Border Force politically. The only powers we have are search and rescue, and that is exactly what we did. "

He said dangerous crossings of the canal by boat will continue without an agreement with the French on the return of migrants.

Dover Tory MP Natalie Elphicke said it was "absolutely necessary" to stop continued migrant crossings and said "all options must be on the table" to prevent them from arriving from France, including the Navy

Dover Tory MP Natalie Elphicke said it was "absolutely necessary" to stop continued migrant crossings and said "all options must be on the table" to prevent them from arriving from France, including the Navy

He said smugglers are exploiting a "loophole" in maritime law that obliges ships to rescue people as soon as they enter the waters of their jurisdiction.

“I think it can be overcome through bilateral agreements. We have already done that with the French.

"Once you are on the waterways, the law of the sea comes into effect and we have not done it without a bilateral immediate return or joint patrol agreement with the French that would allow us to safely bring them back to France for processing." I'm afraid, I'm afraid there are always those.

"And we have to find a way to break this cycle and stop the pull factor that fuels smuggling supply chains."

Among the illegal arrivals on Friday was a group of 12 men in their twenties who were on a small ship that was intercepted by border guards

Among the illegal arrivals on Friday was a group of 12 men in their twenties who were on a small ship that was intercepted by border guards

Former Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy, Rear Admiral Chris Parry, said "innovative solutions" such as using unemployed passenger ships to divert migrants are needed.

He said, “We don't have to bring them back to dryness. There are currently any number of unemployed passenger ships on the south coast. You could actually be taken there for processing for medical examination and then forwarded either back to France or the UK.

"I think people have to understand that the old methods just don't make it right now, and we have to use innovative solutions."

But Mr Smith said, “As soon as they are under our jurisdiction, we will immediately face asylum applications.

The number of people who have reached the UK so far this year is now already double the total number of people who have arrived throughout 2019

“Without this agreement by the French to actually ban people on the high seas and bring them back to France, the message comes back to the migrants and the smugglers that this is the way and that this creates a huge attraction.

“We were able to see something very similar to what we saw three or four years ago in the Mediterranean, where the word comes out that all you have to do is go out to the English Channel, you are taken to the UK and it is very unlikely you will come back. & # 39;

Dover MP Natalie Elphicke said more needed to be done to stop the crossings.

She said: “An end to the small boat crossing crisis will only come when migrants and traffickers alike know that they will not succeed in breaking Britain this way.

“For me it consists of three parts: First, it has to be ensured that the boats do not even leave France when they leave the French coast, that they are picked up early and returned to France immediately and when people break into our country and arrive to our shores that they will be sent back to France. & # 39;

A border ship brought the group to Dover today after 130 people made the dangerous crossing on Friday

A border ship brought the group to Dover today after 130 people made the dangerous crossing on Friday

When asked about speculation that Ms. Patel is considering drawing in the Navy, Ms. Elphicke said, “There is some discussion about the Navy and I would say that in that record we are all people who have all options this year exceed must be on the table.

“But whoever is involved, we have to make sure that boats are used not to get people to this country but to bring them back to France, and so that the French do more to make sure these boats are not in first country departure place. & # 39;

Ms. Elphicke said the UK plays an "incredibly important" role on humanitarian and asylum issues around the world.

She added: “I do not agree that we should encourage or allow illegal trafficking in human beings, which is actually persecuting some of the most vulnerable and putting their lives at risk.

„Was wir hier in Kent, hier in Dover und Deal gesehen haben, ist eine inakzeptable Situation, in der kleine Boote tatsächlich an den Stränden ankommen, Menschen von diesen Booten aussteigen und durch die Gegend streifen, und das ist sehr, sehr besorgniserregend und für die Anwohner. & # 39;

Es kommt daher, dass Migranten, die den Kanal überquerten, notdürftige Flotationsgeräte einschließlich Limonadenflaschen verwendeten, um die gefährliche Reise anzutreten.

British ministers are pleading with France to toughen the canal's migrants, warning that 7,500 could cross by Christmas

UK ministers have asked France to be tough on migrants crossing the Channel into the UK after figures suggest that 7,500 migrants could cross by Christmas.

Almost 4,000 migrants have crossed the Channel into the UK so far this year, according to an analysis of the Border Force numbers.

This is believed to be more than double the total for all of 2019, which is believed to be less than 2,000 in the country.

According to an analysis of the official numbers by Migrationwatch, around 7,500 migrants will cross the channel by the end of the year.

That would be almost four times the 1,892 that crossed to the UK in 2019, the campaign group predicted.

Migranten wurden mit Schaufeln fotografiert, um ihre Boote zu paddeln, und einige haben Planschbecken anstelle geeigneter Schiffe verwendet.

Clare Moseley von der Care4Calais-Wohltätigkeitsorganisation sagte gegenüber The Times: „Die Menschen, die kein Geld haben und nicht jeder kann Menschenschmuggler bezahlen, sehen andere, die sich vermitteln, und werden immer verzweifelter, dass sie ausgelassen werden.

Sie probieren Kajaks, hölzerne Ruderboote. Es ist erschreckend. & # 39;

Lucy Moreton, professionelle Beamtin der Immigration Service Union, sagte: "Die Preise für Überfahrten sind gefallen, aber für einige Menschen ist ein Durchschnittspreis von etwa 4.000 GBP pro Überfahrt pro Person zu hoch."

Frau Elphickes lokaler Tory-Abgeordneter Damian Collins sagte, die Zahl der Migranten, die den Kanal überqueren, sei "beschämend hoch" und für seine Wähler "inakzeptabel".

In den Channel 4 News sagte Herr Collins, der Folkestone und Hythe vertritt: „Es ist gut, mehr Beobachtung auf See und mehr Schiffe zu haben, die eingreifen können, wenn es ein Problem gibt, aber die Marine dort zu haben, bedeutet nicht, dass wir plötzlich abfangen können Migranten in französischen Hoheitsgewässern genauso wenig, wie wir die französische Marine Operationen innerhalb unserer durchführen lassen würden. & # 39;

Herr Collins sagte: „Es ist eindeutig inakzeptabel, dass meine Wähler und andere Menschen an der Südostküste glauben, dass unsere Grenzen offen sind, dass jeder in ein kleines Boot steigen kann, wer auch immer er ist, und illegal nach Großbritannien reisen kann .

"Die Marine im Kanal zu haben ist großartig, aber es wird das Problem nicht lösen, wenn sie nicht in französischen Gewässern patrouillieren können und im Moment gibt es keine Einigung darüber."

Der Sprecher des Innenministers sagte, dass das "fantastische Wetter" trotz der anhaltenden Bemühungen, sie zu verhindern, hinter dem Aufschwung steckt, während Einwanderungsminister Chris Philp sagte, er teile "den Ärger und die Frustration der Öffentlichkeit" über die "entsetzliche Anzahl" von Überfahrten.

Herr Philp wird nächste Woche Frankreich besuchen, um mit seinen Kollegen nach einem "konstruktiven" Treffen mit dem stellvertretenden Botschafter des Landes Anfang dieser Woche zu sprechen.

Zur Jollenflotte gehörten ein Mädchen im Alter von etwa acht Jahren, ein weiteres etwa zehn Jahre alt sowie mindestens fünf große Gruppen von Erwachsenen in der Stadt Kent.

Die Kinder, einige zu jung zum Laufen, wurden vom Border Force-Schiff Hunter abgeholt und um 12.15 Uhr in ein weißes Zelt am Yachthafen gebracht.

Einige der Erwachsenen – die hauptsächlich Männer zu sein schienen – trugen ihre Besitztümer in Plastiktüten, bevor sie verarbeitet wurden.

ABUL TAHER: "Jetzt zahlen Sie eine Gebühr und sie setzen Sie so lange auf ein Boot, bis es Ihnen gelingt, nach Großbritannien zu gelangen", sagen entschlossene Migranten, die im neuen Dschungellager in Calais warten

The men sat cross-legged in front of shelters and excitedly flipped through tide maps to find the best time to cross the English Channel.

The new jungle camp in Calais, a scrubby field near the main hospital, is a kind of tent waiting room.

So few of the infamous old warehouse that closed in 2016 made it to the UK that it has become synonymous with despair.

But this shanty city resonates with hope and anticipation. It is possible to mediate, newcomers are told.

More than possible. Big numbers make it every day: all you have to do is wait – and eventually you get a call.

A large number of refugees try to make the crossing every day. Nowadays the passage to England is comparatively cheap - only £ 350 in some cases

A large number of refugees try to make the crossing every day. Nowadays the passage to England is comparatively cheap – only £ 350 in some cases

Nowadays the passage to England is comparatively cheap – only £ 350 in some cases.

By far the most difficult journey for migrants is to Calais, and each day brings new arrivals from Syria, Iraq, Sudan and Egypt.

How different from a few years ago when it was the last leg that seemed so hopelessly out of reach.

British ministers are pleading with France to toughen the canal's migrants, warning that 7,500 could cross by Christmas

UK ministers have asked France to be tough on migrants crossing the Channel into the UK after figures suggest that 7,500 migrants could cross by Christmas.

Almost 4,000 migrants have crossed the Channel into the UK so far this year, according to an analysis of the Border Force numbers.

This is believed to be more than double the total for all of 2019, which is believed to be less than 2,000 in the country.

According to an analysis of the official numbers by Migrationwatch, around 7,500 migrants will cross the channel by the end of the year.

That would be almost four times the 1,892 that crossed to the UK in 2019, the campaign group predicted.

It was then that I watched migrants try night after night to get on moving trains, a dangerous undertaking with a pathetically low success rate.

Even if a migrant fails the first time and their boat is intercepted, all they have to do is try until they get it right.

While it is far from risk-free, he – or she – will in most cases.

Best of all, explains Sajid Ali Khan, 21, from Lahore, Pakistan, you only pay one fee.

Khan was a mechanic in Germany for two years, but when his work permit was not renewed he came to Calais to travel to the UK where he has friends.

"We were 13 from all over the world, including four women with children," he tells me. The boat had barely gone a mile across the canal when the French coast guard appeared. Upon their return to France, the migrants were released without arrest.

When migrants are intercepted, they are usually detained and fingerprinted for at least 24 hours to identify which European country they come from so that they can be returned to that country in accordance with the Dublin Agreement.

But Khan says, “You just let go of us and I'll try again. We paid 2,000 euros to the Iranians who say they will put me on a boat as many times as it takes to get to England. You are telling the truth because I know others have found this way. "

A concrete path from the roundabout of the hospital in Calais leads you into the new jungle, the entrance of which is guarded by a Nationale police car. There are charred circles of bonfires everywhere, many of those that are in England now.

Trees with mangled branches torn for firewood dot the camp, and yesterday I heard loud singing in Arabic and Persian, a stark contrast to the subdued tension of the 2016 camp.

Local charities estimate that Calais is home to around 1,500 migrants, all of whom are on their way to the UK. Others, mostly from Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Chad, occupy a disused industrial park on Rue des Garennes, two miles away.

The new jungle camp in Calais, a scrubby field near the main hospital, is a kind of tent waiting room

The new jungle camp in Calais, a scrubby field near the main hospital, is a kind of tent waiting room

Back in the new jungle, Khan laughs at plans to stop migrants with the Royal Navy. "If they make it more difficult in one way, we'll find another way," he says, sipping coffee and chewing on bread supplied by a local charity that serves three meals a day.

Standing next to him is Abebe Haile, 34, an Ethiopian from the capital Addis Ababa who claims to have fled death threats because he was an opposition politician.

Immigration still too high – poll

More than half of Britons believe immigration is still too high despite years of Tory promises to bring it down, a study said yesterday.

It warned Boris Johnson that if his points-based immigration system allows for a wave of mass immigration, voters will turn against him.

The study by the think tank Migration Watch UK found that, according to recent polls, 54 percent of respondents believe that immigration has been too high in the past decade.

Only 5 percent think it is too low. And more than six in ten respondents said the government abused immigration policies.

Die Analyse ergab, dass die Befürchtungen über die Auswirkungen der Einwanderung in großem Maßstab zu einem Hauptanliegen wurden, nachdem Tony Blair Millionen von Menschen innerhalb und außerhalb der Europäischen Union die Türen geöffnet hatte.

Concerns eased after David Cameron came to power in 2010 and pledged to bring immigration down to 1990s levels, and further eased after the 2016 Brexit referendum.

The report said: "Most still hold strong views about a perceived lack of effective immigration control."

"The British government should welcome us, not reject us," he says. “Ask her (Interior Minister Priti Patel) when she wears clothes, where does the cotton come from? Where does it come from when she drinks coffee?

"It's from Africa. You should respect us. We'll keep trying, no matter what."

His determination is typical of others in the camp.

According to official figures, more than 3,500 Calais migrants have reached the UK this year, including a record of 235 in 17 boats last Thursday.

On Friday, 130 arrived on board 13 boats and more than 2,000 came into the country on this route in June alone – more than four times the known total of 500 for the whole of 2018.

Back in the new jungle, migrants use trees as clotheslines, drape jeans, T-shirts and even Islamic prayer mats over the branches to dry them.

The floor below is littered with groceries and tote bags full of trash.

Poppy Cleary, a British volunteer who works for the charity L’Auberge des Migrants, has denied the allegation that organizations like their migrants are encouraging migrants to band together on Calais.

“They are leaving their homes because their countries are being bombed. They are refugees. What's wrong with providing some food, shelter, and water to drink on such a hot day? ", She says.

As we walk across the uneven ground, a group of Syrians rise from under their tarpaulin and surround me.

Abu Amir, 31, says he is from the war-torn city of Aleppo and has been in Calais for ten months. He was a pharmacist in Syria and believes that when he comes to the UK he can resume that career.

“You can put the agents on a boat for 350 euros. I've done it before but got caught. I'll try again, ”he says.

He is dismissive when told that it is difficult to get legal residence in the UK and that it could prove impossible to fulfill his dream of becoming a pharmacist.

"There's nothing here in France," he says. "I know Britain has security and work."

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