A surge in the number of people entering and leaving the country through the dangerous English Channel has prompted an investigation.
It had been reported that over 2,000 migrants crossed the English Channel and entered the country in June. The home affairs select committee, chaired by Labour`s Yvette Cooper, will have to investigate what`s giving rise to the growth in crossings, as well as the role of criminal gangs.
Less than five hundred people were reported to have entered the UK in a small boat using the dangerous Channel route in 2018. This year there has been a surge in number, with at least 202 migrants crossing the English Channel in just a day last week in twenty boats.
Chris Philp, the immigration enforcement minister has formerly called on the French to take tougher action.
He said: “We need stronger enforcement measures, including interceptions at sea and direct return of boats. The French have heard that directly from the home secretary and we will continue to work with them until the situation changes.”
Several riminals have also been using the same channel to conduct illegal activities in and out of the UK. Early this week two Ukrainian nationals appeared in court, charged in connection with a suspected human smuggling incident in Southwold, Suffolk.
Officers arrested the two men on Friday after a border cutter targeted a yacht as it sailed from the Netherlands toward the east coast of the UK. When they appeared in court on Monday, Denys Khvatove,19, and Bohdan Lutskyi, were charged with facilitating a breach of the UK`s immigration laws.
The two men were remanded to appear at Ipswich crown court on 1 September.