Channel crisis – Over 8,000 migrants have arrived in the UK this year by crossing the English Channel in tiny boats. 

Following the latest landings this weekend, over 8,000 migrants have arrived in the UK this year by crossing the English Channel in tiny boats.

Channel crisis – Over 8,000 migrants have arrived in the UK this year by crossing the English Channel in tiny boats. 

According to the Ministry of Defence, Border Force vessels and RNLI lifeboats picked up at least 300 individuals in the Channel today, while 167 people crossed in 13 boats yesterday.

About 20 men were pulled onto the beach at Dungeness, and the rest of the illegal migrants were taken into the harbour at the Port of Dover.

The groups were loaded onto buses and driven to the old Manston airport’s immigration processing centre.

So far this month, 1,264 people have crossed the border, according to government estimates.

This brings the total number of people apprehended by Border Force this year to 8,066 in 256 small boats.

The newest crossings came as the Home Office said that it would begin notifying the first asylum seekers that they may be flown to Rwanda under a new resettlement plan that will begin in ‘the coming months.’

However, Tom Pursglove, the minister for justice and unlawful immigration, told the House of Commons’ Home Affairs Committee this week that the initiative was a “new and untested policy” and that he couldn’t say what modelling was used to provide the “evidence base” for its implementation.

Mr Johnson told the Daily Mail that the first 50 ‘illegal immigrants into this country’ have already been issued with notice that they would be deported to Africa in a week. 

He added: ‘There’s going to be a lot of legal opposition from the types of firms that for a long time have been taking taxpayers’ money to mount these sorts of cases, and to thwart the will of the people, the will of Parliament. We’re ready for that.

‘We will dig in for the fight, and you know, we will make it work. We’ve got a huge flowchart of things we have to do to deal with it, with the leftie lawyers. ‘

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