More than 18,000 people have crossed the English Channel this year – Middle East Monitor

The UK Ministry of Defense has released figures which show that more than 18,000 refugees have crossed the English Channel this year.

On Saturday, 337 people crossed in ten boats and the previous Monday Border Force rescued 696 people in what became the busiest day so far in 2022.

MOD figures also show that 1,709 people were rescued and brought to the UK in the first days of August, more than half of the 3,053 people who were rescued in the whole of August 2021.

Since Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the Rwanda Refugee Partnership on April 14, 12,840 people have made the crossing.

Last month, a group of MPs said that given the high number of people who have already made the journey this year, there is no evidence that the Rwandan scheme will result in fewer crossings.

Channel crossings have been at the heart of the Conservative Party leadership race, with Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss outlining their plans to boost border security.

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Truss said if elected leader she will double the number of Border Force officials working on Channel patrol and deport more migrants.

Sunak said he would take back control of the UK’s borders and “reform our broken asylum laws”.

The two leadership candidates said they would pursue other Rwanda-style deals with other countries.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the British Red Cross released a report on Wednesday saying people seeking safety in the UK could be at risk of exploitation due to loopholes in the asylum system. British.

According to the report, vulnerable people are forced into modern slavery, including sexual exploitation and forced crime.

The report pointed out that too much effort was spent on immigration enforcement rather than security and protection, which prevented people from disclosing their experiences.

“Inadequate training for government officials, delays in decision-making, substandard housing and insufficient support also leave people vulnerable to poverty and exploitation,” the report said.