HUNDREDS of migrants arrive in small boats after bad weather prevented Channel crossings for over a fortnight

Conditions are calm, meaning some of the thousands who have been waiting around Dunkirk and Calais are being funnelled down to the beaches and onto the boats

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Hundreds of people have begun arriving across the English Channel in small boats again, after bad weather largely prevented migrant arrivals for more than a fortnight.

Almost 450 people have crossed the English Channel in 9 small boats so far today.

The latest arrivals come as around 50 Conservative MPs have written to the Prime Minister urging him to introduce emergency legislation to rapidly return Albanians to their home country.

More than 350 people have arrived in 7 small boats across the English Channel today, after bad weather prevented migrant arrivals for more than a fortnight
More than 350 people have arrived in 7 small boats across the English Channel today, after bad weather prevented migrant arrivals for more than a fortnight

Health Officials are also expected to confirm that dozens of migrants suffering from diphtheria were sent from a Kent processing centre into hotels around the country.

Just after first light today, the Border Force Vessel Typhoon could be seen approaching Dover harbour with the first of hundreds of migrants picked up in the Channel this morning.

Around 50 people were taken onboard Typhoon for the journey to the Dover processing centre.

Since 13 November, bad weather had scuppered attempts by the criminal gangs to push boats off the beaches of north western France.

Just one small boat, with 36 people on board made it across the English Channel this past weekend.

But conditions now are flat calm, meaning some of the thousands who have been waiting in various make-shift camps around Dunkirk and Calais are being funnelled down to the beaches and onto the boats.

Increasingly frustrated at the Government’s seeming inability to get a grip on the crisis, more than 50 Conservative MPs have written to the Prime Minister demanding he introduce emergency legislation to deal in particular with the number of Albanians arriving in small boats.

They want all Albanians rapidly removed back their own country, and any who claim to have been trafficked also returned home.

The MPs, who include some former Cabinet ministers, want changes to modern slavery laws to make it easier for people who say they are victims of trafficking to be returned home, if authorities suspect those claims are bogus.

The MPs argue “If they have really been taken against their will, then they could not reasonably object to being returned to their own homes.”

The Border Force Vessel Typhoon could be seen approaching Dover harbour with the first of hundreds of migrants picked up in the Channel this morning.
The Border Force Vessel Typhoon could be seen approaching Dover harbour with the first of hundreds of migrants picked up in the Channel this morning.

In the letter, arranged by the former Brexit Secretary David Davis, the Tory backbenchers say that the Channel crossings are a “Gordian Knot that needs cutting with a simple policy.”

Signatories, including the Chairman of the 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, demand that “economic migrants” travelling from “safe countries” such as Albania are returned more quickly.

The letter will increase the pressure on Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who has come under fire over conditions at the Manston processing centre in Kent.

Health officials are dealing with the consequences of dozens of Channel migrants suffering from Diphtheria, who were farmed out to hotels across the country, despite being highly infectious.

The Diphtheria outbreak is a growing health crisis within a migrant crisis that shows no sign of slowing.

Just after 10am on Monday, the Border Force vessel Hurricane arrived at Dover harbour with another 100 people on board.

Border Force vessels were also responding to several other small boat sightings.

With good weather conditions throughout most of this week, authorities are braced for the possibility that thousands more migrants could cross the Channel in the days ahead.