Gender and age of illegal boat crossers

Gender and age of illegal boat crossers

9 March, 2022

1. Over 41,300 people have come to the UK illicitly in boats since the start of 2018. 16,500 of these came in the period January 2018 and to the end of June 2021.[1] Data from a Freedom of Information release show that nearly 90% of those crossing during this period were male.[2]

2. 87.4% of the 16,500 people were recorded as men, while 12.4% were recorded as female. The gender of 21 additional people was not recorded. See tables 1 and 2 below.

Table 1: Arrivals by small boat January 2018 to June 2021, broken down by gender.

GenderArrivalsShare of total whose gender was recorded
Male1441287.4%
Female208612.6%
Total whose gender was recorded16498100%

Table 2: Arrivals by small boat January 2018 to June 2021, broken down by year and gender.

PeriodMaleFemaleNot recordedGrand total
201827326299
201915542891843
2020737710838460
2021 (January to June)5208688215917

3. The data also showed that 75% of those whose age was recorded were between the ages of 18 and 39, totaling just under 12,400 of the 16,500 people who arrived during the period.

Table 3: Arrivals by small boat, 2018 to June 2021, broken down by age group.

Age groupArrivalsShare of those whose age recorded
Under 18 years260916%
18-39 years1239875%
40+ years14939%
Total16500100%
Table 4: Arrivals by boat, January 2018 to June 2021, broken down by year and age group.
2018299
Under 18 years25
18-39 years240
40+ years34
20191843
Under 18 years308
18-39 years1332
40+ years203
20208460
Under 18 years1445
18-39 years6191
40+ years824
20215898
Under 18 years831
18-39 years4635
40+ years432
Not recorded19

Notes

  1. See our Channel Tracking Station to stay on top of the numbers coming in boats, URL: https://www.migrationwatchuk.org/news/2020/05/11/arrivals-via-dea… hannel-crossing-from-safe-countries
  2. Freedom of Information release by Immigration Enforcement, to Migration Watch UK Chairman Alp Mehmet, February 2022, URL: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/803749/response/1974619/at… 1%20Mehmet.pdf?cookie_passthrough=1
  1. See our Channel Tracking Station to stay on top of the numbers coming in boats, URL: https://www.migrationwatchuk.org/news/2020/05/11/arrivals-via-dea… hannel-crossing-from-safe-countries
  2. Freedom of Information release by Immigration Enforcement, to Migration Watch UK Chairman Alp Mehmet, February 2022, URL: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/803749/response/1974619/at… 1%20Mehmet.pdf?cookie_passthrough=1

See our Channel Tracking Station to stay on top of the numbers coming in boats, URL: https://www.migrationwatchuk.org/news/2020/05/11/arrivals-via-dea… hannel-crossing-from-safe-countries
Freedom of Information release by Immigration Enforcement, to Migration Watch UK Chairman Alp Mehmet, February 2022, URL: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/803749/response/1974619/at… 1%20Mehmet.pdf?cookie_passthrough=1

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