Ar­rivals of il­le­gal im­mi­grants by ferry dou­ble

The Daily Telegraph - - Front Page - By Steven Swin­ford DEPUTY PO­LIT­I­CAL ED­I­TOR

THE num­ber of il­le­gal im­mi­grants who were suc­cess­fully smug­gled into Bri­tain on fer­ries has more than dou­bled in the past three years, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial fig­ures. Min­is­ters have dis­closed that the num­ber of “clan­des­tine en­trants” who made their way in through Dover and other ports rose from 1,432 in 2013 to 2,935 last year.

The true fig­ure is likely to be sig­nif­i­cantly higher as many il­le­gal im­mi­grants dis­ap­pear af­ter en­ter­ing the UK and are never dis­cov­ered by au­thor­i­ties, an ex­pert said.

Lord Green of Ded­ding­ton, chair­man of Mi­gra­tion Watch UK, who ob­tained the fig­ures, said: “De­spite all the ef­forts that have been made to tighten up se­cu­rity in Calais these fig­ures show that the num­ber get­ting through and later de­tected has dou­bled in three years.

“There are bound to be others who are never de­tected and sim­ply dis­ap­pear.

“This points to the like­li­hood that there are sim­i­lar in­flows from Bel­gium and Hol­land and in­deed from other French ports.”

He added: “It’s hard to see how we can take ef­fec­tive mea­sures un­less we go for ‘iden­ti­cards’ in Bri­tain.

“At the mo­ment it is much too easy to dis­ap­pear. The more peo­ple who get through, the more will be en­cour­aged to try.”

The Home Of­fice dis­closed that over the past three years more than 7,000 peo­ple have made their way into Bri­tain through ferry ports. Just over half of them were caught at the ports, while the re­main­der were found

else­where in the UK. Last June, 68 mi­grants in­clud­ing 15 chil­dren were found locked in con­tain­ers aboard four lor­ries in Har­wich, Es­sex.

In Novem­ber, two bod­ies were found in­side a con­tainer trans­ported from North­ern Italy to Dover.

Ear­lier this year, the port of Calais was tem­po­rar­ily closed af­ter a group of about 50 mi­grants broke through a se­cu­rity fence and man­aged to board a P&O ferry.

Last year, Theresa May, the Home Sec­re­tary, signed a deal with France to spend mil­lions of pounds on fenc­ing around a Calais mi­grant camp known as the “Jun­gle”. As a re­sult, mi­grants have in­creas­ingly at­tempted to use other ports such as Dunkirk.

The Daily Tele­graph has be­gun a Border Se­cu­rity cam­paign which high­lights the por­ous na­ture of Bri­tain’s bor­ders and urges the Govern­ment to tighten con­trols to keep out ter­ror­ists.

A Home Of­fice spokesman said: “The se­cu­rity of our border is para­mount. That is why we have in­vested tens of mil­lions of pounds to fur­ther in­crease se­cu­rity at our con­trols in France, while tar­get­ing the crim­i­nal gangs be­hind il­le­gal at­tempts to en­ter the UK.”

Mi­grants at­tempt to board a lorry wait­ing to cross to Bri­tain

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