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Undocumented Migrants: English Channel

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 47353, tabled on 5 September 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many small boats has the Royal Navy intercepted in the English Channel as part of Operation Isotrope.

Answered on

13 September 2022

As of 6 September 2022, there have been 541 migrant vessels intercepted as part of operation ISOTROPE since it began on 14 April 2022, in which the Royal Navy plays a strong control and co-ordination role. It should be noted however that physical interception of small boats and cross-decking of migrants is principally conducted using specialist Border Force Crew Transfer Vessels (CTVs). Royal Navy assets primarily perform coordination and monitoring roles.