Hundreds cross Channel as PM announces Rwanda migration plan

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hundreds of people crossed the English Channel the day the government announced its intention to send asylum seekers for processing in Rwanda.

Women, children and men were brought ashore in Dover, Kent, on several occasions until Thursday by Border Force and RNLI boats.

At least two people, who apparently had trouble following the crossing, were helped off the boats.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson put the Royal Navy in “operational command” from Thursday to manage boats crossing the English Channel while, according to recently revealed plans, those detained could be airlifted to Rwanda.

More than 5,000 migrants are thought to have arrived in the UK this year after crossing the English Channel.

Since the start of 2022, 4,617 people had reached the UK after sailing on busy shipping lanes from France in small boats on Tuesday, according to data obtained from the Home Office and compiled by the agency. release PA.

It is understood that another 600 arrived on Wednesday and hundreds more on Thursday, although those numbers have yet to be confirmed.

The previous highest daily total this year was recorded on March 15 when 405 people made the crossing in 12 boats, according to the analysis.

A young child was among a group of people arriving in Dover (Gareth Fuller/PA) / PA wire

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

In March this year, 3,066 people made the crossing.

This is almost four times the amount recorded for the same month in 2021 (831) and more than 16 times the amount for 2020 (187).

It is also the fourth highest monthly total on record since the start of 2020, behind July (3,510), September (4,652) and November (6,869) last year.

A total of 28,395 people made the crossing in 2021, compared to 8,417 in 2020.