Abdulfatah Hamdallah, exposed as originally believed to be 28 rather than 16, slept in France for two months before trying desperately to cross the Channel
This is the first picture of the migrant who tragically drowned in the canal while trying to get into the UK.
Abdulfatah Hamdallah of Sudan died after the 3-foot dinghy he and a friend were in was pierced by the shovels they used as oars.
His friend somehow survived, but Mr. Hamdallah, who is 28, not 16, was unable to swim as originally believed and his body was later found washed up on a beach in Sangatte.
It is said to originally come from the village of Al-Nuhood, eight hours south of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.
Friends at a makeshift camp where he stayed in Calais have shared pictures of the former student with MailOnline in hopes of highlighting the human cost of the crossing crisis.
In a tribute today a friend on Facebook said: “There is no god but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him whoever is in the van and remains the face of your Lord, the glory and dignity is him Mercy of Allah my dear friend in the French state of Abdel Fattah, died. Praise be to Allah
"We ask God for mercy and forgiveness, Lord."
According to other migrants, Mr Hamdallah came to Calais about two months ago. He had taken a boat from Libya with two friends and the trip took about three days before landing in France.
Abdulfatah Hamdallah of Sudan died after the 3-foot dinghy he and a friend were in was pierced by the shovels they used as oars. Friends at a makeshift camp where he stayed in Calais have shared pictures of the former student with MailOnline in hopes of highlighting the human cost of the crossing crisis
According to other migrants, Mr Hamdallah came to Calais about two months ago. He had taken a boat from Libya with two friends and the trip took about three days before landing in France
There has been widespread speculation – particularly from government ministers on both sides of the English Channel – that the previously unidentified asylum seeker was a 16-year-old boy, but this was not the case.
A Sudanese driver's license with a date of birth of 1992 and a photo was found on the deceased man.
"His travel companion was a survivor teenager," said Philippe Sabatier, assistant prosecutor of Boulogne-sur-Mer, as a criminal investigation into the tragedy is opened.
Numbers follow which show 164 migrants entered the UK in 11 boats after the dangerous canal crossing yesterday, meaning nearly 5,000 have arrived so far this year.
A group of people believed to be migrants are brought to Dover, Kent yesterday after a series of minor boat incidents in the canal
A Border Force ship brings in migrants found off the coast of Dover in Kent yesterday. The UK and France continue to hold talks to resolve the English Channel migrant crisis
A boat that landed at Sandgate, Folkestone and Hythe, Kent yesterday morning containing about nine people believed to be migrants who fled and were later found by officials
The surviving 16-year-old initially stated that his missing companion was the same age after the tragedy, said Sabatier.
The teenager is now in the care of French Social Services and an autopsy will be performed on his friend's body, he added.
Mr Sabatier also said the two lived in the Calais Jungle migrant camp before trying to get to the UK.
He told The Independent: "I don't know if he applied for asylum with the UK authorities, but it appears he did so with the French authorities."
A Sudanese refugee who knew him said: "Abdul slept badly when the camps he lived in were regularly dismantled by the French."
“He recently lived in a camp near the old jungle refugee site. We pray for him. Inshallah should rest his soul in heaven. He didn't deserve to die like this. We will pray for him today and always.
“We have no future here. We don't have a life. We just sit on the floor and sleep on it all day. Nobody cares about us.
“I hope that one day England will give us papers and allow us there. The French don't want us and that's why Abdul went to England. "
Philippe Sabatier, the assistant prosecutor in Boulogne, previously said the surviving migrant had admitted to attempting the crossing with a "small rubber dinghy" stolen from a beach hut.
He added that the couple fell into the water after one of them pierced the inflatable vehicle with one of the spades they used as an oar.
Mr Sabatier said: "The surviving migrant who accompanied him said he tried to cross the canal aboard a small inflatable boat that he stole from a beach hut," said Mr Sabatier.
They had also equipped themselves with spades for oars. One of them accidentally pierced the vehicle with a spade and the two men fell into the water. Only those who could swim could survive. & # 39;
The Bishop of Dover has called on the government to take a leadership role in addressing the global problems that are driving migrants to risk their lives on unsafe journeys.
Rt. Rev. Rose Hudson-Wilkin said politicians often "play on the gallery," and she advocated compassion.
Abdulfatah Hamdallah is said to have died within minutes of entering the water, while a friend who was with him survived with minor injuries and hypothermia. In the picture, a migrant uses a shovel as an oar while making the crossing in July
Home Secretary Priti Patel described the death as "disturbing and tragic" and called on France to work with Britain to stop "heinous people smugglers".
Ms. Hudson-Wilkin, the Church of England's first black female bishop, told BBC Breakfast today: “We need to try to understand what is happening, why people are fleeing their countries, why people are taking such unsafe routes to get to the UK or the UK to come to Europe.
"We don't just have to throw up our arms every time there is a boat and think," Panic, panic, let's do something about it, let's build walls, let's take off the border forces. "
& # 39; We need more long-term planning and thinking.
“We know the kind of hostility faced by those seeking a safe haven, and indeed politicians often react or play at the gallery. So we as a community, we as British, have to be very, very clear with all of our politicians who don't want the kind of knee-jerk reaction or language to calm a certain group of people, have to be compassionate.
The councils are urged to look after single migrant children
The government has urged the councils to "take responsibility" as it is urgently trying to care for single migrant children who have crossed the Channel into the UK.
Officials have urged local authorities to take in unaccompanied migrant children as a surge in arrivals means Kent County Council (KCC) – which takes in those who come ashore on the south coast – is at capacity and no longer "safely taking in" can do more.
Meanwhile, the children are left with border guards at a processing center in Dover while arrangements are made with social services.
The Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) write to all local authorities asking them to come forward, play their role and take responsibility in solving the problem.
As of June, 48 councils have pledged to provide at least 200 places for children, but more are needed, the Home Office said.
A department spokesperson described the situation as "unprecedented", saying KCC will be provided with "significant increases in funding" and support, but added, "The burden placed on them is unacceptable and cannot continue.
“We are grateful to the 48 local authorities who have pledged more than 200 places to support our national transfer system, but we need more to do their part for vulnerable children.
"The Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Education and the MHCLG are writing to all local authorities asking them to come forward, play their part and take responsibility."
"I want our government to take the lead with other governments around the world and think long-term about what we can do to stop the flow."
She said earlier, "How much worse must this get," said the Rev. Rose Rose-Wilkin. “We cannot let his death go unnoticed. This appalling tragedy should be a wake-up call for all of us. We can no longer watch while the bodies wash up on the banks. & # 39;
Calais MP Pierre-Henri Dumont fueled cross-channel tensions by claiming that Britain's asylum policy was to blame.
He said, “What we all feared happened that night. How many more dramas will it take the British to regain an ounce of humanity? The inability to apply for asylum in the UK without being physically present is causing these tragedies. & # 39;
However, Tory MP Tim Loughton, a former minister for children, claimed the "lack of humanity" was with the French because they tried to cross the Channel by migrants.
"It is appalling that the French are allowing people to put their lives at risk," he told Channel 4 News. "Here I am afraid of the lack of humanity."
Home Secretary Priti Patel described the death as "disturbing and tragic" and blew up the criminal gangs and people smugglers who exploit those trying to get into Britain.
The crossings on Wednesday amount to 4,986 – while a ship with around 12 people was picked up off the coast of Kent today.
Incidents on Wednesday included a boat carrying a group of refugees who got into trouble just before 4 p.m. on Dover Strait – the world's busiest waterway – and sparked a search and rescue operation.
But it was canceled after those who were on the boat were safely found on the shore.
The Interior Ministry has not released any information on the gender, nationality or age of the migrants.
"This horrific incident serves as a brutal reminder of the heinous criminal gangs and people smugglers who exploit vulnerable people," added Ms. Patel.
However, she has been criticized by a number of Labor politicians, including Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds, who accused her of “lacking compassion and competence”.
The young Sudanese migrant who died left Sangatte shortly after midnight and tried to cross the world's busiest shipping lane with a friend in an explosive toy common in supermarkets.
A night fisherman on the coast spotted the sinking boat and immediately called the rescue service. The victim is believed to be the first to die when attempting to cross the canal in a small boat this year.
His friend was treated for shock and hypothermia in a hospital in Calais. Citizenship Minister Marlene Schiappa said the death highlighted the need to fight the smugglers.
Philippe Sabatier, the deputy prosecutor in Boulogne, announced that a criminal investigation had been opened. His office will investigate whether a human trafficking gang was linked to the tragic attempt to cross the canal.
Mr Sabatier said the survivor was "in shock and being treated at the Calais hospital". The remains of the boat were later found on the beach, along with a cellphone, documents, and a shovel.
The victim was discovered on Sangatte Beach (pictured) near Calais after his friend, who also fell overboard, was discovered by a fisherman before he was rescued
Mr Hamdallah fell overboard while trying to cross the canal last night. Dozens of migrants came to the UK yesterday after leaving France last night
Charles Devos, captain of the Notre-Dame du Risban lifeboat, said: “It would have been impossible to make the crossing. And if the ferries went by at 22 knots, the roles that occur after leaving the ferries would have knocked the boat over.
"Without the engine and paddles, it would have been a miracle to reach British waters to be rescued by the Border Force."
Clare Moseley, founder of migrant charity Care4Calais, said the young man didn't deserve to die alone at sea.
"We are absolutely devastated by the unnecessary death," she said. “We can only imagine the fear he felt and our hearts go out to his family. This death clearly shows that our government has done nothing to help those in such dire straits.
“We need a way so that people's asylum applications are heard fairly without risking their lives. We need this before anyone else dies. & # 39;
Former Royal Marine Dan O & # 39; Mahoney, who heads the UK's response to the illegal crossings, is expected to return to France to continue looking for a solution to the crisis.
Dozens more migrants are believed to have arrived in the UK on Wednesday, but the Home Office has not released details yet.
Border Force and the French authorities are again active in the English Channel today. Wind speeds are expected to be lower than yesterday.
Paris has requested £ 30million from the UK government to step up its canal patrols, but Ms. Patel said such funds are dependent on France taking back some of the migrants.
Almost 5,000 migrants made the 21-mile small boat crossing this year, compared to just 1,850 all last year. Activists estimated that this year's total could reach at least 8,000. Around 1,400 reached Great Britain in August.
A Home Office spokesman said the allegations of Ms. Patel's policies that were responsible for the death were "wholly unfounded".
“Britain has a long and proud history of welcoming those in need, escaping persecution and leaving more refugees than any other country in Europe.
"There are safe ways to apply for asylum for those in need, and since 2015 we have relocated more than 25,000 refugees, around half of whom were children."
A spokesman for the French prefecture of Maritime, which covers the English Channel and the North Sea, said the couple had been in a "makeshift boat".
The teen's body was found just after 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning after being discovered by morning dog walkers. Pictured are migrants arriving in Dover
France and the UK will come up with an action plan requiring France to pay £ 30 million to strengthen security in the English Channel
A statement said: “After his first statements, the survivor said he was escorted on a makeshift boat, they capsized and his companion was still in the water. He also stated that his companion could not swim. & # 39;
A search and rescue operation was launched but was canceled at 4.39am after Mr Hamdallah could not be found.
On Tuesday, Altaib Mobarak, 43, a Sudanese national, was sentenced to two years in prison for smuggling himself and nine others – including two children – into Britain by boat.
He was at the helm of a rigid-hulled inflatable boat (RHIB) that dodged a French Coast Guard ship and made it into British waters on July 7th.
Mobarak's boat was picked up by border guards who took the group of Sudanese and Yemeni nationals to Dover.
In an interview, he admitted to having driven the RHIB. He was jailed at Canterbury Crown Court in Kent after pleading guilty to facilitating illegal entry into the UK.
Home Office Clandestine Channel Threat Commander and former Royal Marine Dan O & # 39; Mahoney said, “People should seek asylum in the first safe country they enter and those who try to use the Canal, one of the busiest shipping lanes the world, with unsuitable boats and without having to cross adequate maritime skills endanger the lives of all persons on board.
“It is particularly worrying when, like here, vulnerable children are affected.
"It is precisely because of this mortal danger – a reality that we confirmed in yesterday's tragic incident – that we are determined to put an end to these dangerous crossings."
It was also revealed this week that gangs are offering gold, silver, and bronze standard packages, with those who opt for the cheaper crossing being cluttered in rickety crafts and even given shovels for paddles.
Earlier this month, the Home Office asked the Royal Navy Department of Defense to help contain the flow of migrants.
There are no plans to use ships, but planes and surveillance are being used to aid the pressurized Border Force.
According to the news broadcast, Home Secretary Priti Patel described the death as "disturbing and tragic".
Pierre-Henri Dumont, the Calais MP, blew up Britain after the news of the tragedy, blaming Britain for the teen's horrific death.
He said, “What we all feared happened that night. How many more dramas will it take the British to regain an ounce of humanity?
“The inability to apply for asylum in the UK without being physically present is causing these tragedies.
“The migrants present in Calais are not seeking asylum in France. They refuse government support in special centers and prefer to risk their lives on rafts. & # 39;
A major search and rescue operation was launched but canceled at 4.39am after Mr Hamdallah could not be found.
The increasingly bitter war of words between Great Britain and France in the course of the migration crisis is intensifying
6th of August: Priti Patel threatens to send the Royal Navy to Dover in migrant boats from France after several days.
8th August: France is demanding £ 30 million from Britain to curb the flow of migrants across the canal.
August 10: Priti Patel calls for French cooperation on a massive new "blockade" of the canal. It also threatens to stop giving France more money unless it takes action to stop crossings.
12. August: Ice cream brand Ben and Jerry criticize the Secretary of the Interior's demand for the Navy to prevent migrants from crossing the Canal, but a Home Office source hit back immediately saying Miss Priti's department doesn't care, "a brand of overpriced junk food" to upset.
The Mayor of Calais said Britain sending the Navy to police the Canal was "a declaration of naval war".
13 August: Migrants, including children, came to Dover for the 10th consecutive year when Kent County Council warned it was "days" away from taking care of young asylum seekers.
Priti Patel warns France that Britain will not spend millions of pounds on anti-migrant patrols unless it agrees to take back more refugees while preparing sweeping changes to the "broken" immigration system.
15th of August: Shocking figures show that more than 1,000 migrants entered the UK in small boats within 10 days of crossing the Canal.
Priti Patel sparked a diplomatic battle by claiming migrants were crossing the Channel to escape "racist" France, where they feared being tortured.
August 16: The judges condemn France for its "degrading and inhuman" treatment of refugees in a devastating landmark judgment.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said the French authorities had "failed to fulfill their obligations" to assist those seeking asylum in the country.
August 19th: A 16-year-old Sudanese migrant washes himself dead on a beach in France after a desperate attempt to get to the UK.
France immediately blames Britain for the tragedy, while Priti Patel calls for cooperation.
It comes after Mrs Patel urged the French to do more to make the route "unprofitable" while Calais officials blamed Britain for the crisis.
The teen's body was found after it was discovered by morning dog walkers, said a source who worked for emergency services in Calais.
“Everyone has known for a long time that death was imminent. This tragedy is terrible, ”added the source.
The Calais Ambulance source added: “Police and medics were on hand and efforts were being made on Sangatte Beach to resuscitate the victim.
Papers were found on him showing that he was a Sudanese man, aged 16. He disappeared overnight on Tuesday while trying to get to England.
& # 39; The victim's body has been taken away and is undergoing an autopsy. Efforts are also being made to contact the next of kin. & # 39;
The source said a couple with a six-year-old child and an 18-month-old baby were among those rescued in a kayak in the English Channel by French rescue services on Sunday.
Immigration Minister Chris Philp said: “This terrible tragedy near Calais shows how dangerous this migration route is.
"We will redouble our work to agree and implement a new plan with France with the aim of completely stopping those boat crossings that are facilitated by ruthless criminals and risk lives."
Natalie Elphicke, MP for Dover, said: “I have been warning for months about the risk of further death from dangerous trips across the English Channel.
& # 39; That final death on the channel is both shocking and sad.
"It underscores the importance of putting an urgent end to these dangerous little boat crossings."
Bella Sankey, director of Detention Action, criticized Ms. Patel.
She said: “It is devastating to learn that a child has now died in the English Channel trying to seek safety in the UK. This is a terrible death, but it is well expected.
& # 39; We have repeatedly warned Priti Patel that it was only a matter of time before their toxic policies of denying safe and legal routes to the UK cost their lives.
'Dieser Tod liegt fest an ihrer Tür. Sie sollte über ihre Position nachdenken. & # 39;
Mike Adamson, CEO des Britischen Roten Kreuzes, sagte: „Der Verlust dieses jungen Lebens ist eine unnötige Tragödie, und wir sind am Boden zerstört, diese Nachricht zu hören. Die Rettung von Menschenleben sollte bei jeder Reaktion oder Politik auf Kanalübergängen absolute Priorität haben.
„Es ist unter keinen Umständen inakzeptabel, dass die Menschen das Gefühl haben, keine andere Wahl zu haben, als auf ihrer Suche nach Schutz gefährliche Reisen zu unternehmen.
„Es gibt keine einfachen Antworten, aber im Mittelpunkt der Antwort muss die Erhaltung des Lebens stehen.
"In einer Zeit, in der mehr als ein Prozent der Weltbevölkerung vertrieben wurde, müssen die Länder zusammenarbeiten, um das beste humanitäre Ergebnis zu erzielen, das diese Tragödien verhindert."
Das Kent Refugee Action Network gab zuvor eine Erklärung heraus: „Wir sind am Boden zerstört, als wir vom Tod eines 16-jährigen Jungen in Sangatte erfahren.
'Dieser Tod war völlig vermeidbar. Zusammen mit vielen anderen Migranten- und Flüchtlingsorganisationen fordern wir seit einiger Zeit einen sicheren Durchgang.
In der Zwischenzeit war die Reaktion der Regierung sowohl chaotisch als auch hartnäckig und völlig gegen die stolze britische Tradition, den Bedürftigen Zuflucht zu bieten.
"Die Regierung muss ihre humanitäre Verantwortung sofort wahrnehmen und einen sicheren und legalen Durchgang gewährleisten, damit wir keine unnötigen Todesfälle mehr erleiden."
Andy Roberts, 71, pensionierter Offizier der Küstenwache, warnte davor, dass es weitere Tragödien wie diese geben könnte.
Herr Hamdallah, der Ausweispapiere mit sich führte, die darauf hindeuten, dass er über 18 Jahre alt war, wurde gestern an einem französischen Strand angespült, nachdem sein provisorisches Floß nur wenige Minuten nach seinem Aufbruch von Calais nach Großbritannien um 1.09 Uhr auf den Kopf gestellt worden war. Im Bild benutzen Männer Schaufeln als Ruder vor der Küste Frankreichs
Der sudanesische Migrant war einer von vielen, die gestern versucht haben, den Kanal zu überqueren (einige sind in Dover angekommen).
Er sagte: 'Dies ist eine absolute Tragödie. Dies zeigt die Gefahr beim Versuch dieser Überfahrten, insbesondere bei diesen äußerst ungeeigneten Fahrzeugen von Menschen ohne Kenntnis des Meeres.
„Wenn diese Überfahrten fortgesetzt werden, wird es in naher Zukunft größere Tragödien geben. Bald werden 10, 12, 15 Menschen sein, deren Boot kentert und sie sterben.
„Selbst wenn sie Schwimmwesten tragen, hätten sie nur eine Überlebenszeit von ungefähr einer Stunde auf See, wenn sie nicht entdeckt und gerettet würden, weil Angst, Panik und Kälte sie treffen würden.
"Möglicherweise versuchen sie, darüber hinwegzukommen, bevor sich das Wetter verschlechtert, was in der nächsten Woche prognostiziert wird."
Der Gewerkschaftsführer Sir Keir Starmer hat auf den Tod von Hamdallah im Ärmelkanal reagiert und dies als "Tragödie" bezeichnet.
Er sagte: „Dies ist eine humanitäre Krise, die eine mitfühlende Reaktion erfordert.
"Nick Thomas-Symonds hat letzte Woche an den Innenminister geschrieben, um von der Regierung eine dringende Änderung des Ansatzes zu fordern."
Während die britische Regierung die Franzosen immer wieder beschuldigt hat, nicht genug getan zu haben, um kleine Boote mit Migranten abzufangen, glauben die Franzosen, dass die wirklichen Probleme in Großbritannien liegen
Frau Patel bestand zuvor darauf, dass sie daran arbeitet, die Migrantenroute von Calais nach Dover „völlig unrentabel“ zu machen.
Der Innenminister von Labour Shadow, Nick Thomas-Symonds, schlug die Regierung wegen des Todes nieder.
Er sagte: „Die Nachricht vom Tod eines 16-jährigen Jungen im Kanal ist herzzerreißend und unsere Gedanken sind bei seinen Lieben.
'Die Reaktion der Regierung auf die Situation im Ärmelkanal hat an Mitgefühl und Kompetenz gefehlt.
"Die Minister müssen dringend ihre Zusammenarbeit mit internationalen Partnern intensivieren, um eine humanitäre Lösung für diese Krise zu finden, die Leben kostet."
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said on Twitter of the 16-year-old's death: 'Utterly heartbreaking. By closing safe routes to seek asylum we are pushing desperate people into dangerous situations with devastating consequences.
'Our Govt must make protecting and saving lives a priority in their approach to English Channel crossings.'
Desperate migrants are even using empty lemonade bottles to cross the Channel
A man was found with empty lemonade bottles strapped to his body in a highly-dangerous bid to swim to Britain as desperate migrants turn to increasingly risky methods to cross the Channel.
He was found earlier this month just four miles off the French coast as the number of people making the perilous crossing has increased recently.
In another shocking case, a group tried to get to the other side of the channel in a children's paddling pool while some have tried wooden boats or kayaks. Some used shovels as oars to row across.
Meanwhile, inflatable boats being used as tenders by French yacht owners in Calais have been stolen, reported a local newspaper, La Voix du Nord.
Dozens of tenders and approximately 40 outboard motors have been stolen since the start of this year, according to the French police.
Yesterday's tragedy is believed to be first known migrant death this year despite more than 4,800 making the treacherous crossing.
Last August, two people died trying to reach Britain – one of them an Iranian woman who fell overboard and whose body was found in Dutch waters weeks later.
And a 48-year-old Iraqi man was found dead in Belgian waters after he tried to swim to the UK using plastic bottles as a makeshift life jacket.
France and Britain are set to outline a plan of action which is expected to see France paying £30m to strengthen security in the English Channel.
While the British government has continually accused the French of not doing enough to intercept small boats packed with migrants, the French believe the real problems are in the UK.
Philippe Mignonet, the deputy mayor of Calais, said last week: 'Yes, I fear a tragedy one day at sea, but the British blame us for their own hypocrisy.
'The migrants go to Great Britain because they can work in the black economy when they want, because there is no control, not on the street or in the workplace.'
Mr Mignonet's words were backed up by Bernard Barron, president of the SNSM sea rescue service in Calais.
Mr Barron said: 'The British criticise migrants for wanting to come but they do not criticise themselves, questioning the reasons that make their country so attractive.
'The SNSM now observes that the candidates for exile have mastered the sea and, with GPS support, wait until they are in British waters to send out an SOS call.'
Chris Philip, Britain's immigration minister, attended bilateral talks about the problem in Paris last week and agreed more money was needed.
'It's clear more needs to be done,' said Mr Philp. 'If we can make this (English Channel) route unviable, which we are determined to do, then migrants will have no reason at all to come to France in the first place.'
Ms Patel previously insisted she is working to make the Calais to Dover migrant route 'completely unviable'.
She earlier warned France the UK will not cough up millions of pounds for anti-migrant patrols unless it agrees to take back more refugees as she prepares sweeping changes to the 'broken' immigration system.
The Home Secretary told Tory MPs that she was preparing legal changes that would 'send the left into meltdown'.
Up to 50 migrants arrived in three boats before 8.30am yesterday morning. Pierre-Henri Dumont, the MP for Calais, on Wednesday blamed Britain for the teenager's death
In a Zoom call with hardline backbenchers she suggested that the system was being 'exploited by leftie Labour-supporting lawyers' who were doing everything they could to stop the Government removing people.
And she said that France's demand for £30million to fund Channel patrols and surveillance would be dependent on it taking in more of those seeking to get to the UK, the Times reported.
Recent reports have revealed how traffickers take advantage of vulnerable asylum seekers desperately fleeing their homelands by offering a paid-for arrangement at a camp in Calais.
The most expensive package, gold, costs £10,000 and means you get a larger boat with better conditions, less other people and lifejackets, as reported by The Sun.
One migrant who was hoping to make the journey in the next few days told the newspaper: 'The prices vary. It depends on the size of the boat and how many people are inside.
'People come around offering the crossings. We pay and keep in touch. They tell us when and where to go and pick us up.
'I'm looking forward to it. Britain is like heaven to me!'
The silver package costs between £3,000 and £5,000, and means you get a worse boat. And the lowest package, bronze, means you pay a prize of £1,000 or less and are often crammed onto a stolen boat.
So far this year, at least 4,822 migrants have reached Britain by boat.
On Sunday, a migrant in his 20s was attacked by a thug who saw him land on the beach at Kingsdown near Deal, Kent.
It emerged earlier in the week that any new, unaccompanied asylum-seeking children would be left with Border Force after Kent County Council announced it had reached capacity.
Charities say the situation is a 'scandal' and a 'political failure', calling on the Government to urgently find a way forward.
'I am still scared': Torture survivor who reached the UK on a rowing boat speaks out
Speaking from an open space in the north of England, Jackson is a young man who has reached the UK after a harrowing journey from north Africa.
Forced to leave his home after his mother and brother were killed and his own life was in danger, it took him years to reach Britain.
He said: 'I am still scared, I don't feel safe because maybe any time I could go back to Sudan.'
He is one of thousands of migrants who have crossed the English Channel by boat this year.
A talented footballer and fan of Raheem Sterling, he is in limbo while his asylum application is considered.
Jackson, whose name has been changed to protect his identity, spoke exclusively to the PA news agency about the hardships he has suffered and his hopes for life in the UK.
Speaking through an interpreter, he described his time in the war-ravaged region of Darfur in Sudan.
Jackson said: 'For me it's so hard. They killed my mum and my older brother and my cousin. I don't have any contact with my father for more than two years.'
He said his father cannot walk after militia came to his home and shot him in both legs, and now lives in a refugee camp that is 'like a jail'.
It is feared that hundreds of thousands of people have died as a result of the Darfur conflict, and nearly two million have been displaced.
In fear for his own life, Jackson decided to leave Sudan, leaving a business he had started.
He travelled into neighbouring Chad and on to Libya, where he was threatened and ordered to call family in Sudan to ask for money.
'I said, 'You can kill me because I do not have anything in Sudan. If you want to kill me just go ahead, kill me because I do not have money'.'
Jackson said he was tortured with electricity by his captors as they tried to extort money from him.
He was held in jail for three months and was forced to spend two weeks fixing cars for free in return for his freedom.
Afterwards he worked as a builder in Libya to earn some money, but said he was threatened and stolen from.
Eventually he was able to travel to the Libyan capital Tripoli and on to Italy by boat, where he lived in a refugee camp.
'You do not have anything. You can't see anybody.'
It took him three days to walk across the mountains into France in baking heat.
He then made for Calais, where he met Clare Moseley from charity Care4Calais, and immediately started volunteering to help others.
He said: 'I tried to go to the UK but I didn't have a chance because everything was closed, it was locked, it's impossible to move to get to the UK.
'I was trying two years to do it by truck, trying to hide in a car, but I couldn't.'
But Jackson said he was determined not to stay in France after experiencing racism.
One day he and three others set out to reach the UK on a rowing boat. The gruelling journey took 10 hours with all four constantly having to paddle.
'To be honest, in the middle of the sea I was not scared because everyone has to sacrifice something in their life.
'I was confident in what I had to do because it was my dream. I was sure I could do it.'
They eventually landed unaided in Dover, where police confiscated Jackson's phones.
Now he awaits the outcome of his asylum claim, still scared that he might have to go back to Sudan.
He said: 'I am sure I can prove I can have a good life.
'I just want a peaceful life like anybody, to do my job, do my hobby. Just a simple life.'
Calais Jungle is home to hundreds who have already been told they CANNOT stay in EU – as 70% of migrants who sail into Europe from Libya do not qualify for asylum, reveals UN report
The Calais Jungle migrant camp is filled with hundreds who have already been told they cannot stay in the EU, it has been claimed.
Tony Smith, the former director general of the Border Force, has said that officials are seeing the 'same faces' among those attempting to make the crossing from Calais to the UK.
It comes as it was revealed that the majority of migrants using one of the most common sea routes into Europe are not in need of 'international protection', according to a UN report.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees found that more than 70 per cent of migrants crossing from Libya to Europe are unlikely to qualify for asylum when they arrive.
Vincent Cochetel, the UNHCR special envoy for the region, also admitted that a 'fair and equitable return mechanism' must be put in place.
The former director general of the Border Force, has said that officials are seeing the 'same faces' among those attempting to make the crossing from Calais to the UK
It comes as it was revealed that the majority of migrants using one of the most common sea routes into Europe are not in need of 'international protection'
If it is not, then 'the entire asylum system will be called into question'.
Of the 41,129 migrants who have come to Europe this year, 18.3 per cent are from Tunisia, while 10.3 per cent are from Algeria.
According to the UNHCR report, migrants who travelled from Libya to Italy and Malta made up 68 per cent of arrivals to Europe via the Central Mediterranean between January and May.
Around 8,600 people have departed from the North African country by sea, with Bangladeshis, Sudanese and Somalis the most common nationalities making the crossing.
The report reads: 'As of the end of May, an estimated 28% of the people who had crossed the sea from Libya are likely to be in need of international protection.'
The vast majority of those attempting to reach Britain from Calais have travelled over land through the EU, experts say.
The news comes amid an increase in migrant crossings in the UK, with a record number attempting to come over in small boats from Calais.
The news comes amid an increase in migrant crossings in the UK, with a record number attempting to come over in small boats from Calais
Hundreds of migrants have been landing on the Kent coast in recent weeks as warm weather and calm sea conditions encouraged them over from France. Pictured, UK border force officials with migrants on August 15
Former Border Force director general Tony Smith told the Telegraph: 'A lot of people who are in Calais have already been told that they cannot stay in the EU, some of them have been refused in a couple of different countries, but they don't want to go back.
'The French can't remove them so they are just their names and details and telling them to stop trying to break the law.'
Mr Smith now chairs an international border association including the UK border force.
He said that smugglers have the 'upper hand' and it will encourage more people to travel to northern France to 'try their luck' as the smugglers have found 'a gap in our defences'.
He also insisted migrants crossings were an international issue and called on assistance and action from the French.
He added: 'We must put the smugglers out of business. These are busy shipping lanes, the boats could get run over by a ferry without even knowing it, and babies drowning in the Channel is not what anyone wants to see.
'There is a real reason for stopping this no matter what your opinion on asylum is, this is a matter of life of death. These are human beings and these organised criminal gangs do not care if they survive or not.'