Undocumented Migrants: Kent

Home Office written question – answered on 13th February 2019.

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Photo of Charlie Elphicke Charlie Elphicke Conservative, Dover

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what was the total number of attempts by persons who were suspected migrants to enter Kent by small boat in (a) October 2018, (b) November 2018, (c) December 2018 and (d) January 2019.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The Home Secretary delivered a statement to Parliament providing the following figures relating to 2018 arrivial.

Over 500 migrants - mostly Iranian - attempted to travel to the UK on small vessels in 2018. 80% of them attempted this in the last three months of the year. Around 40% of the attempts were either disrupted by French law enforcement or returned to France via French agencies.

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