These heartbreaking pictures show more than 100 migrants, including children, who crossed the channel to try for a new life in the UK today.

Good weather and calm seas have prompted a surge in migrant crossings , with scores of people brought into Dover on Wednesday morning, packed aboard Border Force patrol vessels and sitting on lifeboats.

Some of the migrants were carrying young children too young or too tired to walk.

After waiting to be brought ashore - some for about an hour - they were led up the gangway towards the Border Force processing centre.

Tired migrants rest on a Kent beach
A group wade ashore near Dover Docks, Kent

Once ashore, they will be assessed for symptoms of coronavirus.

Several empty dinghies with outboard motors attached were also seen being towed into the port.

Border Force and the RNLI remain active in British waters with French marine patrol boats active on the other side of the Channel.

Several landings were also reportedly spotted at beaches across Kent.

A person lies on beachfront steps, exhausted after the crossing
A beach landing near Dover Docks, Kent, on Wednesday

The rough seas and howling winds of Storm Francis at the end of August made crossing attempts impossible, but conditions have improved in the first couple of days of September.

Wednesday has seen bright sunshine and winds under 5mph in Kent, with temperatures expected to reach 18C.

Mirror Online has contacted the Home Office to confirm how many migrants successfully crossed to the UK in the last 48 hours, but has yet to receive a reply.

More than 1,450 migrants made the crossing by small boat in August despite a vow from Home Secretary Priti Patel to make the dangerous route "unviable".

Some in the group can be seen carrying children

When the Mirror was granted exclusive access to a Calais migrant camp in August, desperate refugees begged?Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “give us a chance”.

Starving, homeless and fleeing war and oppression, they urged the British people, to see that “we are human too”.

But speaking at PMQs today, Mr Johnson said Britain was both a "target and magnet" for people traffickers, and pledged to strengthen the laws surrounding illegal immigration.

It came as Home Office minister Chris Philp revealed that the Government is working to return around 1,000 people who have illegally entered the UK after already having claimed asylum in another country.

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought into Dover, Kent
A lifeboat seen towing inflatables on Wednesday

More than 1,450 migrants are known to have reached the UK in small boats in August.

During PMQs, Tory MP Lee Anderson said the asylum system is "broken and being abused".

Mr Johnson replied in the Commons: "I have a great deal of sympathy with those who are so desperate as to put their children in dinghies or even children's paddling pools and try to cross the Channel.

"But I have to say what they're doing is falling prey to criminal gangs and they are breaking the law.

"They're also undermining the legitimate claims of others who would seek asylum in this country.

A lifeboat carrying a group of people entering Dover Harbour, Kent

"That is why we will take advantage of leaving the EU by changing the Dublin regulations on returns and we will address the rigidities in our laws that makes this country, I'm afraid, a target and a magnet for those who would exploit vulnerable people in this way."

Later, Mr Philp said 24 people have been jailed for facilitating illegal immigration so far this year.

Responding to an urgent question in the Commons, he said: "The majority of these crossings are facilitated by ruthless criminal gangs who make money from exploiting migrants who are desperate to come here.

"We're working with the National Crime Agency to go after those who profit from such misery. Already this year 24 people have been convicted and jailed for facilitating illegal immigration."