The number of illegal crossings of the canal already exceeds the 2021 total

Henry Nichols via Reuters More than 28,000 migrants crossed the canal in 2021, a record number.

Henry Nichols via Reuters

28,561 people have crossed the dangerous channel, a number that surpasses the previous record set for 2021.

Immigration – that Register in 2021 has already been exceeded. No. of immigrants After crossing the Channel illegally to reach the UK it is already more than, three and a half months from the end of the year, the total for 2021, according to figures published by the British Ministry of Health Defense on Tuesday 13 September.

At least 28,561 people have done this dangerous crossing secret since the beginning of the year. A figure that already exceeds the 2021 balance sheet which listed 28,526 migrants who crossed the canal. By mid-September last year, only 14,500 crossings had been counted, nearly half the current number.

The British government has already mentioned doubling the number of crossings in 2022 after the record one on August 22. On that day, approximately 1,300 arrivals were counted, a peak which at the time was attributed to optimal weather conditions. A British parliamentary report estimated that the total number could reach 60,000 people this year.

Returning illegal immigrants to Rwanda, a highly controversial plan

Despite repeated promises from the previous British Conservative government, these crossings have multiplied since 2018 in the face of the closure of the port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel in which migrants were hiding in vehicles.

London, which has made the issue a priority since Britain’s exit from the European Union, is paying millions of pounds to France to help it strengthen coastal surveillance and stepping up measures to tighten reception of migrants. However, the British authorities believe that the efforts made by the French side to prevent migrants from boarding the plane are insufficient, despite the payment of financial aid.

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Soila Braverman, the new interior minister in the government of Liz Truss, who took office a few days ago, is strongly supportive of the controversial plan to return illegal immigrants to Rwanda, launched by Priti Patel, her predecessor. This project is currently on hold for UK judicial review.

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