During 2018, over 500 migrants - mostly Iranian - attempted to travel to the UK on small vessels. 80% of them attempted this in the last three months of the year. Around 40% of the attempts last year were either disrupted by French law enforcement or returned to France via French agencies.
Border Force and operational partners are carrying out intelligence-led activity on a number of fronts to prevent migrants from entering the UK via clandestine and illegal means. We are also working very closely with our colleagues in France to prevent migrants from making these dangerous crossings.
Through these efforts, we reduced the number of individuals attempting the crossing from around 250 in December to 90 in January.