An Afghan ‘TikTok migrant’ posed in a designer outfit at a ski resort before bragging about crossing the English Channel

An Afghan ‘migrant’ who bragged about illegally crossing the English Channel in a dinghy then posted smiling photos of himself from Britain is a TikTok ‘influencer’ who wears flashy clothes and works at a station popular French ski resort, MailOnline can reveal it exclusively.

DG Usama, from the Afghan capital Kabul, posted a series of clips on the Chinese-owned video-sharing platform this week that show him aboard a small boat full of migrants before being rescued by an RNLI lifeboat and brought back to Dover.

A short video posted in the early hours of the morning then shows Usama posing for a photo beside a road in the UK as music plays overhead.

MailOnline can now reveal that Usama lives in Lyon in France and works as a saleswoman in nearby Annecy, just 22 miles from Geneva in Switzerland and whose scenic mountainside location has earned her the nickname ‘the pearl of the French Alps”.

Facebook photos from last winter show Usama posing on Lake Annecy, France’s third-largest lake and one of the world’s top paragliding venues, with her arms crossed while wearing a scarf, flashy jeans and a jacket, and £100 Apple Airpod headphones.

As early as November last year, the Afghan ‘migrant’ was posting videos to his TikTok account from Annecy, including scenes of Lake Annecy as he poses with friends, his disbelief watching the snow fall and short clips of other people skiing.

It seems that he started his trip to Britain during the month of March and arrived in Paris in the middle of the month. Short clips on TikTok show Usama posing in front of the Eiffel Tower. He then appears to have headed north to Calais, where he posted videos as he visited the main French port city and sat around a campfire with others.

DG Usama is pictured posing for a TikTok selfie video from a boat full of migrants crossing the English Channel

Usama is pictured posing for a photo next to a road in the UK, in a short video posted to TikTok on April 21, 2022

Usama is pictured posing for a photo next to a road in the UK, in a short video posted to TikTok on April 21, 2022

Usama is pictured with his arms crossed posing for a photo while wearing flashy clothes and headphones in France in January

Usama is pictured with his arms crossed posing for a photo while wearing flashy clothes and headphones in France in January

Usama lives in Lyon and works in Annecy.  He appears to have left Lyon and traveled to Paris in mid-March, before traveling to Calais in northern France and then crossing the English Channel via Dingy this week to Britain.

Usama lives in Lyon and works in Annecy. He appears to have left Lyon and traveled to Paris in mid-March, before traveling to Calais in northern France and then crossing the English Channel via Dingy this week to Britain.

Usama is pictured wearing a flashy jacket and holding a Rubix Cube at a funfair in France in November 2021

Usama is pictured wearing a flashy jacket and holding a Rubix Cube at a funfair in France in November 2021

Usama is pictured posing on Lake Annecy with Airpod headphones in January 2022

Usama is pictured posing on Lake Annecy with Airpod headphones in January 2022

Usama works in Annecy, which has been nicknamed

Usama works in Annecy, which has been dubbed “the pearl of the French Alps” due to its scenic location

Videos released five days ago show Usama smiling as he sails across the English Channel in a dinghy, before the small boat was intercepted by British officials.

A short clip shows the migrants boarding the RNLI lifeboat, which took them to Dover Marina in Kent. A new clip from today shows Usama posing for a photo on the road in the UK. MailOnline has contacted Usama for comment.

It comes as the former head of Britain’s Border Force tells the Mail he thinks more than 100,000 Channel migrants will reach Britain this year.

Backing the government’s asylum deal with Rwanda, former UK Border Force director general Tony Smith said: “There comes a time when we need to get our border under control and the boats to stop.”

“The numbers are rising, a fourfold increase already this year – 28,500 last year,” Mr Smith told the Mail at an immigration event organized by the Policy Exchange think tank. “It’s going to be over 100,000 this year from migrant boats alone.”

Mr Smith’s prediction would be almost 12 times the level seen in 2020, 54 times that of 2019 and more than 300 times that of 2018. So far this year, 6,693 migrants have reached the UK from other side of the Channel – four times that seen by the same point last year.

There were 651 arrivals last Wednesday, a level not seen last year before the calm summer months. In January it emerged that the Home Office had produced official documents warning that 65,000 migrants could cross this year. The number of crossings has since exceeded that figure.

Mr Smith praised the Rwandan scheme, which will see asylum seekers sent 4,000 miles to claim refugee status from the East African country.

He said: ‘I think this is a bold attempt by the government to stop the boats. We have to stop the boats – people are drowning and people are going to drown.

Usama is pictured posing for a photo in France in February 2022

Usama is pictured posing for a photo in France in February 2022

Usama's account posted two videos, one appearing to show an RNLI lifeboat arriving to rescue them

Usama’s account posted two videos, one appearing to show an RNLI lifeboat arriving to rescue them

One of the videos, which was shared on TikTok four days ago and captioned

One of the videos, which was shared on TikTok four days ago and captioned ‘I’m in the UK’, shows Usama filming himself among dozens of young men while on board a canoe.

‘The government’s problem is that the French won’t accept people, nor will the EU, so migrants know that by simply paying £5,000 and getting on a small boat, entering English territorial waters , they are basically in Great Britain.

“The government is therefore right to seek alternatives. We have to find countries that are ready to take people in.

“If Rwanda is a safe country, which offers them protection and a new life, if it means that they do not have to return to the country from which they fear persecution, then it is an alternative to the fact of more and more people are crossing the English Channel and drowning.

Another former senior border official said the Rwanda deal would bypass the “classic” asylum claim where someone claims to be a victim of religious persecution.

Glyn Williams, the former chief executive of the Home Office’s migration and borders group, said: ‘The classic claim right now is ‘I’m a Christian but I can’t pursue my Christian religion in Iran or Iraq’. .

“If Rwanda is, and I believe it is, a safe country, where someone who claims to have been discriminated against, you can sue them in Rwanda.

“You will be welcomed there in a safe place. What’s wrong with that?’

A total of 28,526 migrants crossed the Channel in 2021, significantly more than the 8,410 who arrived in 2020.

Minister for Justice and Combating Illegal Migration MP Tom Pursglove said: ‘The increase in dangerous Channel crossings is unacceptable.

“Not only are they a clear abuse of our immigration laws, but they also impact the UK taxpayer, put lives at risk and our ability to help refugees come to the UK through safe and secure channels. legal.

“Rightly enough, the British public has had enough.

“Through our Nationality and Borders Bill, we are cracking down on smugglers and fixing the broken system by making it a criminal offense to knowingly arrive in the UK illegally and introducing a maximum sentence of life imprisonment for those who facilitate illegal entry into our country.’