Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing travel restrictions shutting down previously-favoured land routes, according to French and British border authorities, there has been a surge in the number of migrants crossing the Channel from france to the UK in small boats despite the perils of currents and low temperatures.
As record numbers of migrants are attempting the perilous sea crossing into the UK in dinghies, the finger of blame has been pointed at france for assisting what has been dubbed an “invasion” of illegals, reports The Times.
The reports came after French border patrol ships were captured on film escorting the small boats packed with migrants crossing the Channel.
Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage chartered a fishing boat on 20 May to substantiate his accusation that the French navy was escorting illegal migrants into UK waters.
Farage “rescued” over 20 migrants who were floundering in two boats that were taking in water.
Slamming the “invasion”, he tweeted that it was time to act to put an end to the practice.
Border patrols explain that migrants typically threaten to throw themselves or their children into the water when attempts are made to apprehend the boats to make them turn back.
French officials said in April there had been 79 attempts by migrants to cross into the UK – more than in any previous month on record, while charity workers at migrant camps on the coast of northern France claim people are…