Over 20,000 people have crossed the Channel so far this year, despite Rwanda deal – Middle East Monitor

More than 20,000 people have already crossed the English Channel in small boats this year with at least 607 arriving on Saturday alone.

Saturday was the third time the number of people crossing the world’s busiest shipping lane has topped 600 since the start of this year.

Figures released by the PA news agency confirm that the number of people crossing this year will be higher than last, despite government promises that Brexit and the Rwanda deal would curb the arrival of refugees United Kingdom.

Around 60,000 people are expected to cross the Channel this year. In 2019, the number of people was 1,843 and in 2021, it was 28,526.

Charities have warned the scheme risks sending refugees underground and not seeking asylum for fear they will be flagged for deportation to Rwanda, making them more vulnerable to exploitation .

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On top of that, the smugglers will charge higher prices to help people avoid the border force.

In the 2016 Brexit referendum, Boris Johnson said ‘the only way to regain control of immigration is to vote Leave’, while Priti Patel said leaving the EU would put ‘chaos under control” on immigration.

Yet since the UK left the EU on January 31, 2020, the number of refugees crossing the Strait of Dover has soared.

The government has said its deal with Rwanda to deport refugees arriving in the UK to the East African country for processing will incentivize them to make the journey and deter them from arriving.

But it also rang hollow. Last month, a group of MPs said there was no evidence the Rwandan program would lead to fewer crossings.

The two Conservative Party leadership candidates, Rishi Sunak and Lizz Truss, have promised to take greater control of the UK’s borders and pursue other Rwandan-style deals.