Another 200 migrants make journey across Channel over the weekend trends now
More than 200 migrants arrived in the UK over the weekend for the first time since the Home Office resumed responsibility for tackling the crisis.
The Royal Navy has been in control of migrant arrivals to the country for eight months but last week the Home Office took back control.
Saturday saw a total of 218 asylum seekers intercepted at sea by Border Force vessels.
The first arrivals - who were wrapped in blue blankets after battling cold conditions in the Channel - were brought to shore in Dover, Kent at around 6am.
Dozens more migrants made the treacherous journey across the 21-mile Dover Straits throughout the afternoon.
The Royal Navy has been in control of migrant arrivals to the country for eight months but last week the Home Office took back control. File image
Saturday saw a total of 218 asylum seekers intercepted at sea by Border Force vessels. File image
A further two, mostly-male, groups reached the UK shortly before 4pm. A few women and children were among those being helped off the vessel by Border Force officials.
According to official Home Office figures, 44 migrants made the perilous journey on Sunday.
The latest arrivals were the first to reach the UK since the Home Office unveiled its new bolstered response to curb migrant crossings on January 31.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman said government failure to stop the boats could threaten the Conservative party at the next election.
The move follows the creation announced last month of the new small boats operational command (SBOC), bringing together military and civilian staff and the National Crime Agency to co-ordinate the Government's response.
The Home Office said the SBOC