A total of 1,295 people arrived in the UK after crossing the English Channel by boat on Monday – the highest daily total of recorded migrants since records began in 2018, according to PA Media.
Twenty-seven boats made the trip, according to the UK Ministry of Defence. As Channel crossings continued on Tuesday, around 40 people, including young children, were rescued and brought ashore in Dover, southern England, by British Border Forces.
The previous daily record for migrants recorded was 1,185 on November 11, 2021, according to PA. A total of 28,526 people entered the UK in small boats in 2021, almost two-thirds of them from Iran, Iraq, Eritrea and Syria, according to the Kingdom’s Home Office. -United.
The English Channel, a narrow waterway between Great Britain and France, is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.
Refugees and migrants fleeing conflict, persecution and poverty in the poorest or war-torn countries risk the dangerous crossing, often in canoes unfit for travel and at the mercy of smugglers, hoping to ask asylum or economic opportunities in Britain.
Last November, 27 people drowned in bitterly cold waters off the coast of France after an inflatable boat carrying migrants bound for Britain sank in one of the deadliest incidents in the world. Channel in recent years.
The issue of migrant smuggling has heightened tensions between British and French leaders, with both sides accusing the other of not doing enough.
It has also become a political issue for the British government, which introduced stricter immigration rules after Britain left the European Union.
Earlier this year, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel brokered a highly controversial £120million ($147million) deal with Rwanda to send asylum seekers to the African country from the east. But the deal has been stalled by a number of legal challenges, including a last-minute intervention by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
Patel described Rwanda as “a safe haven for refugees” as the UK pledged to continue the controversial scheme.