The total number of people crossing the English Channel in small boats exceeds 18,000

The total number of people who have crossed the Channel so far this year has exceeded 18,000, according to Ministry of Defense figures.

On Saturday, 337 people crossed the Channel in 10 small boats, bringing the total number of people brought to the UK this year to 18,108.

The milestone came just five days after 696 people were rescued by Border Force and brought ashore on Monday, the busiest day for Channel crossings so far this year.

The AP’s analysis of provisional MoD figures shows 1,709 people have been brought into the UK so far in August.

That’s more than half of the 3,053 people rescued in August 2021.

The vast majority were brought ashore at Dover, but many, including those brought ashore on August 1, were taken to the Port of Ramsgate due to concerns about congestion around the Port of Dover caused by freight traffic and of vacationers.

The busiest week for crossings so far in 2022 was the week of April 19, when 2,076 people made the dangerous journey across the English Channel.

A group of people believed to be migrants are brought to Ramsgate, Kent, on a Border Force vessel following an incident on a small boat in the English Channel (Gareth Fuller/PA)

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However, crossings are likely to continue into next week, with the Met Office confirming warm weather and calm winds are expected to continue in south-east England.

Figures show 12,840 people have made the crossing since Priti Patel announced the Rwanda deal on April 14.

The news comes after a report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the British Red Cross, released on Wednesday, found that critical shortcomings in the UK asylum system mean people seeking safety , including those fleeing modern slavery, may be at potential risk. operation.

Research has shown that inadequate support puts people in need of protection at potential risk.

He cites examples of vulnerable asylum seekers forced into modern slavery, including domestic servitude, sexual and labor exploitation and forced criminality.

The report concludes: “Direct changes to the asylum procedure would reduce these risks of exploitation by placing security at the heart of the asylum system.

The Home Office said it was reviewing the report’s findings.

A spokesperson said: ‘We take the safety and well-being of thousands of people in asylum accommodation very seriously and are committed to ensuring that individuals are protected from crime. abhorrence of modern slavery.

“When we suspect an asylum seeker is in danger or at risk of being exploited, we will take appropriate action, such as working with the police or supporting someone through the national referral mechanism.

“We urge any asylum seekers who may have issues to report them immediately.

“Our new plan for immigration will fix the broken asylum system, allowing us to give protection to those who are entitled to it and remove more quickly those who have no right to be here.”