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UK detained 3,500 migrants during 2015 crisis

French riot police guard the road after migrants seeking to cross to Britain tried to mount trucks near the Eurotunnel in Coquelles, near Calais, in January 2016Around 40 migrants a day were detained after crossing the Channel from France to Britain last summer, according to an official report on Tuesday which criticised the authorities’ response as “inadequate”. The report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP), which contained figures on arrivals that are not normally made public, showed 3,603 migrants were detained in July, August and September at the height of a surge in numbers attempting to cross the Channel. The migrants arrived in Britain hidden in vehicles on cross-Channel ferries or on freight trains using the Eurotunnel, the report said.

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