A record-breaking number of migrants have crossed the English Channel this year, with close to 700 doing so yesterday.
According to data from the Ministry of Defense, 14 vessels carrying 696 individuals left the continent on Monday. In 2022, more than 17,000 migrants made the perilous journey from France via congested sea channels and came into the UK on tiny boats.
This year, there have been more than 600 crossings on only one other day.
The previous high was 651, which was recorded on April 13.
The August 1 record comes on the heels of July’s greatest monthly number of crossings this year, with 3,683 migrants aboard 90 small boats.
If either Rishi Sunak or Liz Truss becomes the next prime minister, they both pledge to reduce the number of migrants crossing the Channel.