Nearly 700 migrants attempted to cross the Channel on Monday – the highest number in a single day this year – bringing the total to more than 17,000 for 2022
- Some 696 people made the trip in 14 boats on Monday, the Defense Ministry said.
- It is only the second time in 2022 that the daily figure has exceeded 600
- The cumulative number of crossings this year now stands at a total of 17,095
Nearly 700 migrants crossed the Channel into the UK in a single day – a record for the year so far.
Some 696 people made the trip in 14 boats on Monday, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said.
It is the highest single-day number so far this year, and only the second time in 2022 that the daily figure has exceeded 600. The previous highest number was 651, the April 13.
The cumulative number of crossings this year now stands at a provisional total of 17,095.
At the equivalent point in 2021, the running total was just under 9,500.
The highest number ever seen crossing in a single day came on November 11 last year, when 1,185 people were intercepted by border patrols.
Large groups of migrants, including young children, were seen disembarking at Ramsgate yesterday before leaving the Kent port in double-decker buses.
The cumulative number of crossings this year now stands at a provisional total of 17,095
Several hundred migrants, including young children, were brought ashore in Ramsgate on Monday
Some 3,683 made the crossing on 90 boats in July, the highest monthly total this year, with trips taking place on 20 of the month’s 31 days, according to analysis of government figures by the PA news agency .
Large groups of people, some wrapped in blankets, were seen leaving the Port of Kent in a double-decker bus yesterday
Migrant arrivals have been diverted from Dover to Ramsgate in recent days as heavy traffic on roads and at sea was expected.
A decision will be made in the coming days on whether the move is reintroduced at the weekend.
The influx came amid reports the Home Secretary could announce another multi-million pound deal with France in a bid to limit Channel crossings.
On April 14, Priti Patel signed what she described as a “world’s first” deal with Rwanda under which the East African nation will receive migrants deemed by the UK to have arrived” illegally” and are therefore inadmissible under the new immigration rules.
But the first deportation flight – which was due to take off on June 14 – was stalled amid legal challenges.
Several asylum seekers, the public and commercial services union and charities Care4Calais, Detention Action and Asylum Aid are challenging the legality of the Home Office policy, with next hearings scheduled for September and October.
Now Ms Patel intends to pay the French tens of millions of pounds for more beach patrols and surveillance equipment, on top of the more than £80million already provided in recent years, according to The Times.
Almost 12,000 people have arrived in the UK after crossing the English Channel since the plans – designed to try to deter migrants from making the journey – were first unveiled.
A government spokesperson said: ‘The increase in dangerous Channel crossings is unacceptable.
“Not only are they a clear abuse of our immigration laws, they are risking lives and hampering our ability to help refugees arriving in the UK through safe and legal channels.
“The Nationality and Borders Act will allow us to crack down on abuse of the system and malicious smugglers, who will now face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
“As part of our new partnership on migration and economic development with Rwanda, we are continuing preparations to relocate those who make dangerous, unnecessary and illegal journeys to the UK so that their grievances are taken into account and rebuild their life.”