254 illegal immigrants arrive in Dover after 11 days of suspension at the English Channel intersection


After apparently 11 days of rest, more than 250 people illegally entered the UK on Sunday by crossing the English Channel in small boats.

The UK Ministry of Defense confirmed that seven boats and 254 people were detected crossing the waterway during the day.

This figure includes boats and people who have landed in the United Kingdom, as well as people who have been intercepted at sea by British authorities and brought to the United Kingdom.

This does not include those who were intercepted by French authorities when trying to cross the channel.

It is believed that there was an 11-day suspension of activity around the strait from April 20th to 30th, when no intersections were recorded in reports of strong winds and rough seas.

By Sunday, at least 6,947 people had arrived in the UK after sailing a busy route from France on a small boat, according to data compiled by PA news agencies.

This is more than three times the amount recorded this time last year (2,004) and more than six times the figure for the same period in 2020 (1,006).

Usually, depending on the weather conditions, there may be days or weeks of absence of illegal immigrants throughout the year.

The longest non-intersecting period so far in 2022 is 16 days from January 27th to February 11th, as shown by the PA analysis of government figures.

On Monday morning, suspected illegal immigrants were seen aboard a border force ship.

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A group of suspected illegal immigrants aboard a border force ship was brought to Dover, Kent, England on May 2, 2022. (GarethFuller / PA Media)

On Thursday, British nationality and border bills were enacted, and deliberate tort of Britain was a criminal offense and sentenced to up to four years in prison.

Smugglers who encourage illegal entry can face life imprisonment, and those who arrive illegally in the UK who may have claimed asylum in another safe country are “unacceptable” to the UK asylum system. Can be regarded as.

The new law also includes the authority to handle asylum seekers abroad. On April 14, the government announced a new agreement with Rwanda. This means that illegal immigrants will move to African countries for processing in order to prevent illegal entry into the United Kingdom.

A government spokesperson said: Not only are they an obvious abuse of our immigration law, but they also affect UK taxpayers, dangerous lives, and our ability to help refugees come to the UK on safe and legitimate routes. Give. “

Regarding the trajectory of the campaign ahead of local elections, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said, “I don’t want to see everyone on that dangerous journey across the channel, and everyone promotes it. I want to crack down on the criminal organizations that are doing it. ” The best way to do this is to have an internationally coordinated criminal response. “

PA Media contributed to this report.

Lily Chow


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.