Border force intercepts 696 migrants crossing Channel during record day

The previous record day for migrant arrivals was November 11, 2021, when 1,185 people in 33 boats made the treacherous journey. November 2021 was also the busiest month for Channel crossings – with 6,869 people reaching UK soil in dinghies or other small boats.

A total of 28,526 people made the treacherous journey across the English Channel that year – compared to 8,410 who arrived in 2020.

A government spokesman said: “The rise in dangerous canal crossings is unacceptable. Not only are they a blatant abuse of our immigration laws, they risk lives and hamper our ability to help refugees arriving in the UK safely and legally.

“The Citizenship and Borders Act will allow us to take action against the abuses of the system and the evil people smugglers, who now face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

“As part of our new migration and economic development partnership with Rwanda, we are continuing preparations to relocate those making dangerous, unnecessary and illegal journeys to the UK so that their applications can be assessed and their lives rebuilt.” Border force intercepts 696 migrants crossing Channel during record day

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