The first migrants of 2022 will arrive in Dover, while RNLI will bring around 40 people ashore

The first migrants of 2022 arrived in Dover shouting “We love you UK” as the RNLI disembarked around 40 people, including a baby and five children, today.

According to an eyewitness, they were escorted up the gangway by border guards before being taken away at around 10:45 a.m.

Among those who arrived were a man and woman leading a baby wrapped in a blanket and a man carrying a girl wearing a pink romper suit.

The group is the first to make the treacherous 21-mile journey this year due to a short weather window that created calmer conditions at sea.

The last crossing was on December 27, when 36 people were arrested in a boat.

Weather conditions are expected to worsen soon, making the crossing difficult for the next two weeks.

The crossing follows a record-breaking journey of 28,381 people last year – dwarfing the 8,410 people who made the same treacherous journey in 2020.

A group of people believed to be migrants are being brought ashore this morning in Dover, Kent, by the RNLI following a small boat incident in the English Channel

A group of people believed to be migrants are being brought ashore this morning in Dover, Kent, by the RNLI following a small boat incident in the English Channel

A man is carrying a young child as it is brought to Dover, Kent this morning.  The group is the first to take the treacherous 21-mile journey this year

A man is carrying a young child as it is brought to Dover, Kent this morning. The group is the first to take the treacherous 21-mile journey this year

People wearing life jackets are escorted by UK Border Police officers as they arrive at the port of Dover on the first canal crossing in 2022

People wearing life jackets are escorted by UK Border Police officers as they arrive at the port of Dover on the first canal crossing in 2022

The first migrants of 2022 arrived in Dover shouting “We love you UK” as the RNLI (lifeboat pictured) brought about 40 people ashore

The first migrants of 2022 arrived in Dover shouting “We love you UK” as the RNLI (lifeboat pictured) brought about 40 people ashore

Priti Patel’s Law on Nationality and Boundaries passed its final reading in the House of Commons

Priti Patel’s Nationality and Boundaries Act passed its third and final reading in the House of Commons last month, with 298 MPs voting in favor while 231 voting against.

The bill is now awaiting its second reading in the House of Lords, due tomorrow.

The Lord’s Justice and Home Affairs Committee had previously written to the Home Secretary expressing “concern” about the legal basis for the plans to return migrant boats to sea, which are part of the bill.

Peers said at the time that the letter had contributed to “growing concerns both inside and outside Parliament” about so-called “pushback” policies designed to discourage potential migrants and refugees from crossing the English Channel.

Among other things, illegal migration will be cracked down by reducing the privileges of illegally arriving asylum seekers while increasing prison terms for traffickers.

But it was the proposal of new powers to turn migrant boats that was of greatest concern.

Ms. Patel insisted that the plan had a “legal basis” when questioned by the committee in October, despite repeated concerns about its legality and effectiveness, leading activists to threaten her with legal action.

Home Office permanent secretary Matthew Rycroft previously admitted that only a “small portion” of the boats could be rejected.

At least 1,020 boats have been intercepted by British authorities in the past 12 months – an average of around 78 migrants arrived in three boats each day.

In the last month alone, 1,770 people arrived by small boat, compared to just 211 in December 2020.

However, the busiest month for migrant arrivals was November, when a staggering 6,869 people reached the UK on 201 ships – the highest number since the Channel Crisis began.

The numbers hit an all-time high on November 11th when 1,131 migrants arrived by small boat in one day.

November 24 also brought the worst tragedy in the English Channel, when 27 men, women and children died after their inflatable raft sank in freezing water.

It is known that only two people survived the greatest loss of life since the beginning of the current crisis.

Although the year started relatively quietly for canal crossings, the numbers topped 1,000 for the first time in May when 1,619 arrived in 80 boats.

The warm weather in summer brought further record months.

A total of 2,179 arrived in 92 boats in June, 3,509 arrived in July in 117 boats, 3,012 made the treacherous trip on 110 boats in August and a whopping 4,646 made the same trip in 159 boats in September.

In October, 2,669 migrants in 92 boats also arrived as calm conditions at sea persisted.

Minister of Justice and Combating Illegal Migration, Tom Pursglove, MP, said: “For nearly two decades the public has been crying out for reform of the broken asylum system and that is what this government is doing.

“The Nationality and Boundaries Act, which was supported by a majority of MPs this month, will make it a criminal offense to knowingly enter the UK illegally and introduce life sentences for those who facilitate illegal entry into the country.

“The sooner the House of Lords passes the bill in the New Year, the sooner we can break the business model of people smugglers, protect those who really need asylum and ensure the expeditious deportation of those who have no right to stay here.”

Tomorrow the House of Lords is slated for a second reading of Priti Patel’s Nationality and Borders Bill, which contains plans to return migrant boats to sea.

Speaking of record numbers last year, Dover and Deal MP Natalie Elphicke believes taxpayers “deserve better business.”

She said: “Over 28,000 migrants crossed the English Channel in 2021. This is just a shocking situation.

“That is a massive increase compared to previous years. Not only is this unacceptable, it’s also incredibly expensive.

A group of people is taken to Dover Marina by lifeboat around 10:45 this morning

A group of people is taken to Dover Marina by lifeboat around 10:45 this morning

The group is the first to make the treacherous 21-mile journey this year due to a short weather window that resulted in calmer conditions at sea

The group is the first to make the treacherous 21-mile journey this year due to a short weather window that resulted in calmer conditions at sea

About 40 people, including a baby and five children, will be brought ashore by the RNLI as the first migrants of 2022 arrive in Dover today

About 40 people, including a baby and five children, will be brought ashore by the RNLI as the first migrants of 2022 arrive in Dover today

The last crossing of the English Channel was on December 27th when 36 people were arrested in a boat (pictured: people arriving at Dover port today)

The last crossing of the English Channel was on December 27th when 36 people were arrested in a boat (pictured: people arriving at Dover port today)

“It is not right that this year and years to come, taxpayers will take this into account when assessing entitlements, shelters and more.

“Avid taxpayers deserve a better deal. The money should better be spent strengthening our borders.

“It is high time to stop the small boat crossings – by stopping the boats in the first place, bringing the boats back to France and returning quickly.

“In France the people are already safe, there is no reason to leave this dangerous journey into the hands of people smugglers.”

MailOnline has asked the home office for a comment.

A group of people believed to be migrants waves towards the camera as they are taken to Dover, Kent in a small boat in the canal from the RNLI to an incident

A group of people believed to be migrants waves towards the camera as they are taken to Dover, Kent in a small boat in the canal from the RNLI to an incident

The crossing follows a record-breaking journey of 28,381 people last year - dwarfing the 8,410 who made the same treacherous journey in 2020.

The crossing follows a record-breaking journey of 28,381 people last year – dwarfing the 8,410 people who made the same treacherous journey in 2020.

A group of people believed to be migrants are being escorted by border guards after being taken to Dover, Kent this morning after crossing the English Channel

A group of people believed to be migrants are being escorted by border guards after being taken to Dover, Kent this morning after crossing the English Channel

A man carrying a young child is assisted by a border guard after he was taken to Dover, Kent today following a small boat incident in the English Channel

A man carrying a young child is assisted by a border guard after he was taken to Dover, Kent today following a small boat incident in the English Channel

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