UK deported just 215 of 45,000 illegal Channel migrants in 2022

Low deportation rate raises questions about UK’s efforts to tackle illegal migration.

According to recent reports, the UK deported only 215 out of 45,000 illegal migrants who crossed the English Channel last year. This low deportation rate has raised questions about the effectiveness of the UK’s efforts to tackle illegal migration.

“The figures suggest that the UK’s approach to illegal migration is not working, and that we need to take a new approach to this issue,” said Labour MP Yvette Cooper.


The figures were revealed following a Freedom of Information request from the Daily Mail newspaper. The data showed that just 5% of migrants who arrived in the UK via the Channel were removed from the country, with the majority being released into the community to await their asylum claims.

The low deportation rate has been criticised by some politicians and members of the public, who argue that it sends the message that illegal migration is a viable option. “The government needs to send a clear message that illegal migration is not acceptable,” said Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen.


However, others have pointed out that deportation is often a lengthy and complicated process, and that many migrants are entitled to legal protections and due process. “Deportation is a complex issue, and it is important that the government follows the proper legal procedures to ensure that all migrants receive fair treatment,” said immigration lawyer Lucy Moreton.

Additionally, the delay in the deportation process is also caused by the limited flights that can be arranged during the pandemic. “The pandemic has made it difficult to organise flights for deportation, which has contributed to the low deportation rate,” said a Home Office spokesperson.


This comes as the UK government continues to grapple with the issue of illegal migration, with record numbers of people crossing the English Channel in small boats in recent years. Home Secretary, Suella Braverman has announced a series of new measures to crack down on illegal migration, including plans to make it a criminal offence to enter the UK without permission.

Critics of the proposed measures argue that the government should take a more humane approach to the issue. They argue that the UK should work with other countries to find a coordinated and humane solution to the issue rather than criminalising the act of crossing the border illegally.

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