Where are migrants buying boats from?
According to the UK Home Office, migrant boats are increasingly imported from China following various bans and restrictions on the sale of inflatable dinghies and other similar vessels used in irregular journeys across the English Channel.
What boats do migrants use?
The most common small vessels detected making these types of crossings are rigid-hulled inflatable boats (RHIBs), dinghies and kayaks.
Why do migrants come to the UK in small boats?
Almost all of the people arriving in small boats claim asylum. So far this year, 93% of arrivals have applied for government protection. In the year to June 2022 the UK received over 60,000 asylum claims. Small boat arrivals have accounted for roughly half of these claims.