More Channel crossings so far this year than whole of 2021, figures suggest

More migrants have crossed the English Channel to the UK so far this year than in the whole of 2021, Government figures suggest. Story by Evening Standard

Some 601 people were detected on Monday in 19 boats, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said, taking the provisional total for the year to 28,561. This suggests an average of 32 people per boat in the latest day of crossings. Last year’s total was 28,526, according to official figures.

The 2022 figure to date is nearly double the number that had been detected by this point last year, which was just under 14,500. There have been 3,518 crossings recorded in September so far, analysis shows. August 22 saw the highest daily total on record, with 1,295 people crossing in 27 boats.

It is more than four months since the then home secretary Priti Patel announced plans to send migrants to Rwanda to try to deter people from crossing the Channel. Since then 23,293 people have arrived in the UK after making the journey.

On April 14 Ms Patel signed what she described as a “world-first” agreement with Rwanda, under which the East African country will receive migrants deemed by the UK to have arrived “illegally”, and are therefore inadmissible under new immigration rules.

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However, the first deportation flight, due to take off on June 14, was grounded amid legal challenges.

Several asylum seekers, the Public and Commercial Services Union and charities Care4Calais, Detention Action and Asylum Aid are embroiled in a court case with the Home Office as they challenge the legality of the policy. Continue reading the full story: More Channel crossings so far this year than whole of 2021, figures suggest

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