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Bonanza for the people-smugglers as 20,000 migrants wait for boats along 450 miles of French coast
- Gangs of people smugglers now operate along all the north French coast
- 20,000 migrants are waiting to come to England to start a new life
- Thousands live near Dunkirk, paying traffickers to cross the Channel
A file lying in the drawer of the manager’s office at a small French seaside hotel provides intriguing clues about the gangsters who smuggle migrants across the Channel to Britain.
It contains the passport details of four shadowy men who booked in for a night to pull off an audacious crime by trafficking 30 Pakistanis and Albanians by sea into the UK.
Gangs of people smugglers now operate along all 450 miles of the north French coast — from Calais on the Belgian border to Cherbourg and beyond — as 20,000 migrants wait to get to England for a new life.
During the past week they have used small fishing vessels, private yachts and speedboats to slip migrants onto England’s South Coast beaches under cover of darkness.
Early last Sunday, 18 migrants were rescued in Dymchurch, a coastal village in Kent, after their rubber dinghy began to sink offshore.
The same morning, eight migrants were rescued by a lifeboat in Portsmouth harbour as they floated adrift in a fishing boat.
The determination of migrants and the greed of traffickers has not been diminished by the French government’s demolition in March of the ‘Jungle’ migrant camp in Calais, an unhygienic shanty town of 4,000.
The migrants simply moved on — initially 30 or so miles away to Dunkirk, where thousands live in a camp near the port, paying traffickers to cross the Channel, and then spreading further along the coast.
The fact the British government has spent £63 million in the past year beefing up security at Calais has only encouraged the diaspora.
Yesterday, the Mail revealed that 150 Albanians had set up camp on cliffs at Dieppe — and that many of them had already been deported at least once from the UK.
Migrants are trying their luck in all eight ports with ferry services to England, from Dunkirk to Roscoff, and any harbours with small boats. Smugglers are taking advantage of calmer summer seas to take their customers to Britain at fees of up to £12,000 a head.
Nowhere in recent years have the criminals been more active than in the port town of Ouistreham in Normandy, on whose beaches Allied forces made the D-Day landings.
The town has the second busiest ferry port in northern France — confusingly, it is called Caen terminal, after the city seven miles inland — with cars, caravans, and freight lorries crossing to and from Portsmouth.
Cheerful hotels line the front at Ouistreham, and nearby are campsites where Britons stay before setting off on road tours of Europe.
Early last Sunday, 18 migrants were rescued in Dymchurch (pictured), a coastal village in Kent, after their rubber dinghy began to sink offshore
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