More than 400 migrants have crossed the Channel in small boats – a record for a single day.
The Border Force intercepted 409 people, including young children, aboard 27 boats, with several more ships still being processed.
Some of the migrants were carrying children too young to walk.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said earlier on Wednesday that the UK had become “a target and a magnet for those who would exploit vulnerable people in this way”.
Another 53 people were rescued by French authorities after having been in difficulty before reaching British waters.
Some 145 people had crossed the Channel on board 18 small boats on Tuesday.
Choppy seas caused by Storm Francis made crossings impossible at the end of August, but conditions improved during the first two days of September.
Speaking in the House of Commons during the Prime Minister’s Questions, Mr Johnson said: ‘I have a lot of sympathy for those who are desperate to put their children in dinghies or in children’s wading pools and try to cross the river. Handle.
“But I have to say what they’re doing is falling prey to criminal gangs and breaking the law. ”
He added: “It also undermines the legitimate claims of other asylum seekers in this country.
“We are going to tackle the rigidities in our laws that make this country, I am afraid, a target and a magnet for those who would exploit vulnerable people in this way. “
Channel crossings by migrants in small boats
Number of people arriving in the UK each month since August 2019
More than 1,468 migrants made the crossing by small boat in August despite Interior Minister Priti Patel’s wish to make the dangerous route “unsustainable”.
The Home Office does not provide information on the number of children who make the crossing on small boats.
Home Secretary Chris Philp told the House of Commons on Wednesday that the government was trying to return 1,000 people who had arrived in the UK, having “previously sought asylum in European countries and, in accordance with regulations, should be legally referred to it ”.
More than 7,400 migrants have crossed the Channel on board small boats since January 2019.
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