Across the worlds busiest shipping lane in overloaded rubber dinghies,
dozens or sometimes hundreds of migrants are crossing from France to Britain to seek asylum almost every day.
This group was filmed a short way off the British coastline last month, apparently having rode the 30 kilometers across the channel.
"Where are you from?
"You have no engine. You have enough water. You have something to drink."
The migrants come from many different countries in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, most fleeing conflict or poverty.
A record 430 people made the crossing in a single day.
Last month, the total for 2021 so far stands at some 8,500, higher than the number for all of 2020.
Speaking last month, Britains Home Secretary said the government would take action to stop the migrants arriving.
"What were seeing right now, effectively, people trafficking, smugglers, criminal gangs, exploiting our asylum system
to bring in economic migrants and people that quite frankly are circumventing our legal migration routes to come into our country illegally."
The spike in arrivals has embroiled Britains revered sea rescue charity, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, which has helped migrants at sea.
Critics accuse the charity of providing a taxi service to Britain.
The RNLI says it helps anyone in distress regardless of who they are.
The government is putting forward new legislation which could see migrants who enter Britain without permission facing up to four years in prison
Bridget Chapman works at Kent Refugee Action Network, a charity supporting migrants arriving across the English Channel.
"It flies in the face of international law, you know, the Geneva Convention states that people have a right to seek asylum
and it can be in a country of their choosing, it feels very deliberately punitive, it feels like saber rattling,
it feels like a lot of tough talk to make people feel that the UK is not a welcoming place.
The fact is thats not going to stop people from coming."
A committee of British lawmakers last week strongly criticized the living conditions for newly arrived migrants in the port of Dover,
with refugee children seen sleeping on the floors of reception centers.
The local Kent authority says it can no longer cope with the number of arrivals.
At the same time, Britain has given France 75 million dollars to beef up policing of the northern French coastline
to try to intercept migrants on top of 39 million dollars given by Britain last year.