Record Number of Immigration UK Boats Intercepted on the Coast

12 Jun 2019 | Posted by Carl Thomas

At a time when UK work permit issues are everywhere, it seems as though more people are trying to make their way into the country through other means. On the 1st of June 2019, reports surfaced that more than 70 people had been intercepted as they attempted to cross the English Channel.

Seventy-four individuals without the correct UK visas or paperwork were discovered by the UK Border Force on the south coast as they tried to reach the country.

The individuals attempting to make it into the UK were split into 8 separate boats. According to the MP for Dover, Charlie Elphicke, it was a record number of ships seen on the coast within a single day. The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid said that the issue was deeply concerning.

This isn't the first time that a vast number of migrants have been picked up on the shores of the UK recently. In May, 140 migrants were found attempting to enter Britain without UK work permits or paperwork. This was the highest number of migrants the border control force had seen since December when the Home Secretary declared a "major incident" was in progress.

Javid noted that anyone attempting to enter the UK illegally via boat is putting themselves and their families at risk. He also announced that anyone who tries to enter the country without the right UK visas would be returned to the state that they came from.
Elphicke noted that the "crisis" of increasing numbers of migrants attempting to come into the country by boat was supposed to have been dealt with during Christmas 2018. However, it seems as though the numbers are continuing to rise instead.

Elphicke said that the Home Office needs to get better control over the situation.

The Coastguard and Maritime Group said that RNLI lifeboats taken from Rye, Dungeness and Dover have all been involved in the incidents so far.