Channel: More than 7,000 people have made the deadly crossing this year, according to figures

More than 7,000 migrants have arrived in the UK across the Channel this year so far, according to the latest government figures.

A total of 7,240 people have reached the UK after sailing busy shipping lanes from France in small boats since the start of 2022.

This is more than three times the number recorded for the same period in 2021 (2,390) and more than seven times the amount recorded so far in 2020 (1,006).

More than 7,000 migrants have arrived in the UK after crossing the Channel this year so far, figures show

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Rough seas and poor weather conditions have led to a pause in crossings over the past fortnight, with 11 days having passed without any arrivals.

But they resumed this weekend as more than 500 people arrived in Kent over two days.

Some 293 people made the crossing to the UK in nine boats on Bank Holiday Monday after 254 people arrived in seven boats on Sunday.

In April, nine days of crossings brought 2,143 people to the UK.

Despite the increase in numbers, small boat arrivals in the UK are only a fraction of the number of people arriving in Europe.

Data from the UN refugee agency shows that at least 120,441 people arrived in Europe via the Mediterranean by land and sea in 2021.

According The temperatureMP for Calais Pierre-Henri Dumont has said the millions of pounds Britain has given France to stop Channel crossings is a waste of money.

He is quoted in the newspaper as saying: ‘I strongly believe that we need to end the relationship we currently have with the UK, which is basically the UK giving us money to do the job, because it makes both sides of the Chain angry.

Home Secretary Priti Patel last month signed a deal with Rwanda that will allow him to receive asylum seekers deemed by the UK to have arrived “illegally” and therefore inadmissible under new immigration rules.

Interior Minister Priti Patel and Rwandan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Vincent Biruta signed the agreement earlier this month

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Refugee charities say Rwandan policy has done little to deter people from traveling to the UK, but former Border Force chief Tony Smith said he was “too early to say “whether the government’s plan would limit Channel crossings.

The former Director General of Border Force added: “Weather has always been a factor. But Rwanda’s announcement and the adoption of the new bill yesterday will not have escaped the attention of migrants.

“Given the choice between staying in France and going to Rwanda, I expect many to choose the former.”

The highest daily total for 2022 was recorded on April 13 when 651 people made the crossing in 18 boats.

A record 1,185 people made the crossing to the UK on November 11, 2021 – the highest recorded so far since the start of 2020.

Additional reports per AP