Nigel Farage blames Heathrow crisis on migrant crossings: 'So many border force have been sent to Dover'

More than 4,600 people have arrived in the UK by similar boat crossings since the start of the year

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Nigel Farage has blamed the ongoing travel crisis at Heathrow on the number of migrants crossing the Channel.

The GB News host detailed how there had been fresh migrant crossings this morning, and the situation was becoming uncontrollable.

He said: "Many hundreds of young men crossed the Channel in inflatable dinghies.

"One of the reasons that people are queueing for hours at Terminal 2 in Heathrow and elsewhere is so many border force have been sent to Dover with these vast numbers.

"The impact of this illegal trade is being felt by an awful lot of people."

Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage

Women and young children are among the passengers of several boatloads of people who have crossed the English Channel.

People in lifejackets and blankets have been seen arriving at Dover on Border Force vessels as well as at Dungeness aboard an RNLI lifeboat.

Migrants arriving in Dover
Migrants arriving in Dover

The arrivals mean that more than 4,600 people have arrived in the UK by similar boat crossings since the start of the year, according to figures collected by the PA news agency.

This includes 28 people onboard one boat being brought ashore by the UK authorities on Monday (April 11) with 24 people on two boats being intercepted by the French on the same day.

Tom Pursglove, minister for justice and tackling illegal migration, said: “The rise in dangerous Channel crossings is unacceptable.

“Not only are they an overt abuse of our immigration laws but they also impact on the UK taxpayer, risk lives and our ability to help refugees come to the UK via safe and legal routes. Rightly, the British public has had enough.

“Through our Nationality and Borders Bill we’re cracking down on people smugglers and fixing the broken system by making it a criminal offence to knowingly arrive in the UK illegally, and introducing a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for those who facilitate illegal entry into our country.”