Nigel Farage says 'this is an invasion' as Albanian criminal gangs cross Channel in UK smuggling 'emergency'

The number of people crossing the English Channel in small vessels has risen above 23,000 this year so far

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Nigel Farage has dubbed the smuggling of migrants into Britain by trafficking gangs "an invasion" and "an emergency".

GB News reported this week that the number of people crossing the English Channel in small boats has risen above 23,000 for the year so far.

Responding to the development, Nigel said: "We've learnt that of the 1,295 [migrants], that we know about, that crossed the Channel on Monday, 700 of them were Albanians.

"Calm conditions: I wouldn't be surprised at all if the boats literally came all through the night."

Nigel Farage addressing the Channel crossing figures on Wednesday
Nigel Farage addressing the Channel crossing figures on Wednesday
A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Ramsgate, Kent
A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Ramsgate, Kent

He continued: "This is just an invasion, it's the only word I can use."

Official figures from the Ministry of Defence show 500 people were detected crossing into UK waters on four small boats on Tuesday.

That followed a record day on Monday, where 1,295 people crossed in 27 small boats, the biggest number detected on a single day, since the small boat crisis began more than four years ago.

The figure has been reached just ten days after the number of Channel migrants passed the 20,000 mark.

Nigel added: "It isn't just a crisis, it is an emergency.

"I've been talking to people with links in Albania and they tell me literally young men are leaving the country in droves.

"You know why? They are joining the criminal drugs gangs in this country.

"There is no question about whether or not these people are refugees – they are not."

He went on: "We are literally now directly importing criminality on a huge scale, it is quite astonishing.

"I don't understand why we don't deport all 700 from Monday immediately.

"It seems to me we're entitled to do so."

A GB News team in north western France said that thousands of people are currently housed in makeshift camps, mainly around Calais and Dunkirk, waiting for an opportunity to make it across the Channel.

A Government spokesman said: “The rise in dangerous Channel crossings is unacceptable.

"Not only are they an overt abuse of our immigration laws but they risk the lives of vulnerable people, who are being exploited by ruthless criminal gangs.

“Our new Nationality and Borders Act is breaking these evil criminals’ business model, through tougher sentences for those who facilitate illegal entry into the country, with 38 people already arrested and facing further action since it became law.”