This year’s total number of migrants arrested by Border Force agents is already 25,043 – a quantity not achieved until November 2021, when the total was 25,792.
Under 19 people-smuggling incidents on Saturday alone, 915 individuals made their way through the world’s busiest maritime routes in calm circumstances.
Saturday’s numbers bring the total number of illegal migrants apprehended in August to 8,644 in 189 boats – the highest ever captured in a single month crossing the channel in tiny boats.
According to official estimates, 28,526 persons crossed the English Channel in small boats in 2021, up from 8,410 in 2020.
Natalie Elphicke, Conservative MP for Dover, feels that the French government should do more to curb the stream of illegal migrants crossing the channel to the UK.