Migrant crisis continues in English Channel as number of crossings close to 33,000 in 2022

Children were seen wrapped in blankets while being carried to safety while other people were spotted holding on to their belongings in bin bags. They were seen been brought ashore at Dover, Kent in order to be processed. 

The crossings continued on Friday following Thursday’s arrivals after a period of poor weather prevented crossings across the Channel for five days.

In September, 7,767 made the crossing according to an analysis of Government figures made by PA news agency.

It comes as campaigners have warned that migrant children could be mistakenly sent to Rwanda.

They argue that the error could occur if the Home Office decides they are adults a mistake they argue has already been made in relation to some asylum seekers.

Since then, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the deal with Rwanda in April there have been 27,539 crossings across the Channel.

According to a report published by the Refugee Council on Friday, the vast majority of children it supported last year were wrongly categorised as adults.

They argued that 94 percent of the 233 children they supported were labeled as being over 18 years of age by the Home Office.

Only 14 of the children were actually found to be adults.

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It comes as 227 foreign criminals and 306 immigration offenders were deported last month.

According to the Home Office they were returned to countries including Romania and Zimbabwe.

84 Albanian criminals were among those removed and returned to their home country.

21 immigration offenders were also deported including one who had arrived by boat across the Channel.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman argued the Government was taking a “zero-tolerance approach to anyone who comes to the UK and breaks our laws”.