About 1,000 people arrived in Britain across the English Channel on Thursday, setting new daily records.
Thursday’s total will exceed the one-day record before the current crisis of 853 set on November 3, PA news agency reported.
This number has not been confirmed by the UK Government. However, a home office spokesman said Thursday night that the number of intersections was “unacceptable.”
“The British public is watching people die on the channel while ruthless criminal organizations benefit from their misery, and our new immigration plan is that immigrants are this deadly. We’ll fix a broken system that encourages you to travel, “he said.
A new immigration plan announced by Interior Minister Priti Patel in March aimed to make it more difficult for immigrants who illegally enter the UK to stay in the UK.
In July, the United Kingdom and France announced an agreement on addressing this issue. Under this agreement, Britain will pay France £ 54 million ($ 75 million), more than double the number of police patrol the beaches of France.
This year’s numbers continue to exceed the previous year’s, even though the government has promised to stop the flow of small boats.
Since the beginning of the year, more than 20,000 people have illegally crossed the English Channel and invaded Britain in small boats. That’s more than double the total for 2020.
Prior to 2018, this crossroads accounted for a small proportion of illegal immigrants, and very few are known to achieve it each year.
According to Interior Ministry statistics, the number of people trying to cross has begun to increase from the winter of 2018. That year, 299 people crossed.
At the narrowest point, 21 miles away, the English Channel is one of the busiest routes in the world.
In the past few weeks, several people have been reported missing during a dangerous crossing, and two have been confirmed dead.
French officials said Thursday they feared that three people would be lost in the sea after two kayaks were found drifting off the coast of Calais.
Illegal immigration is a problem not only for Britain but also for other European countries.
So far this year, at least 100,907 people have arrived in Europe by land and sea via the Mediterranean, according to data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
According to the same data, it is estimated that at least 1,313 people have died or are missing.
Simon Veazey and PA contributed to this report.