The number of illegal immigrants crossing the Channel to the UK this year has exceeded all of 2021

So far this year, more illegal immigrants have crossed the English Channel to reach the UK than in the whole of 2021, according to UK government figures.

Some 601 people were detected on September 12 in 19 boats, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) said, bringing the provisional total for the year to 28,561.

Last year’s total was 28,526, according to official figures.

The 2022 figure so far is almost double the number that was detected at this point last year, which was just under 14,500.

So far, 3,518 crossings have been recorded in September, according to the analysis.

A record 1,295 illegal immigrants crossed the Channel on August 22, the highest figure for a single day since the current record-keeping system began in 2018.

According to Home Office figures, the number of illegal crossings has exploded in recent years, with 28,526 people detected in 2021, compared to 8,466 in 2020, 1,843 in 2019 and 299 in 2018.

‘Touristic guide’

The way UK authorities have handled small boats crossing the English Channel has been widely criticised.

Almost all of the dinghies and rigid inflatable boats were intercepted by the navy, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute or other British law enforcement vessels, who then took the illegal immigrants ashore and handed them over to authorities in the UK. ‘immigration.

At a Defense Select Committee meeting in the House of Commons on July 12, Labor MP John Spellar said the Royal Navy did not stop illegal immigrants from entering the UK, but simply escorted them in the ports of Kent.

He suggested the Royal Navy appeared to act as a “tourist guide” for illegal immigrants.

Armed Forces Minister James Heappey denied the charge and insisted he believed the Royal Navy had ‘taken control’ of the English Channel.

In April, then Home Secretary Priti Patel signed a deal with Rwanda that involved sending illegal immigrants who had crossed the English Channel to the African country.

The agreement was designed to deter those making the trip by sea, but 23,293 people have arrived by boat since it was signed.

The first deportation flight to Rwanda was stalled amid legal challenges in June, and the case is not expected to be decided in UK courts until October.

Two reports last month criticized the Home Office for its ‘ineffective’ response to the Channel illegal immigration challenge. One said the Border Force’s approach to preventing travel was “ineffective and possibly counterproductive”, while the other said the initial processing of those who arrived was “ineffective and ineffective”.

Chris Summers, Lily Zhou and PA Media contributed to this report.