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More than 20,000 migrants have already crossed the English Channel this year

More than 20,000 migrants have already crossed the English Channel this year

More than 20,000 migrants have illegally crossed the English Channel into the UK since the start of the year, despite ongoing UK government plans to prevent the phenomenon.

According to the British Ministry of Defence, 607 people made the perilous crossing in small boats from this extremely busy maritime traffic route on Saturday, one of the highest figures of the year.

According to the British Press Association’s (PA) tally, the year-to-date total is already 20,017, compared to just 11,300 in the same period last year.

In 2021, 28,500 people arrived in the UK via this route, marking a new record since these crossings increased in 2018 in the face of the growing blockade of the French port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel.

Despite repeated promises by the British Conservative government to pay France millions to help strengthen its coast guard, a recent British parliamentary report estimated Strengthens the reception of immigrants.

London has struck a highly controversial deal with Rwanda to send asylum seekers who have arrived illegally on British soil to the East African country.

Although none of these evacuations have yet taken place – the first scheduled flight was canceled in June following a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) – successor candidates Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss have pledged to continue. principle.

Another setback in British immigration policy concerns the government’s abandonment of plans to turn a former air force base in the north of England into a center for asylum seekers, as is being done in Greece.

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