Illegal English Channel intersection reaches new Daily Record


After a small boat incident in the Straits on November 3, 2021, a group of suspected immigrants were brought to Dover, Kent on a Dungeness lifeboat. (Gareth Fuller / PA)

On November 3, at least 853 people illegally crossed the English Channel in one day by small boat to Britain, setting a new record.

The Home Office has confirmed that British authorities had to rescue or intercept this number of people from 25 cases.

According to data compiled by PA news agencies, arrivals surpassed the previous daily record of 828 set in August, the highest number of crossings recorded per day in the current crisis. ..

After French officials said this week that two migrants died while trying to travel, and a few more feared they would be lost in the sea last week.

So far this year, more than 21,000 migrants have traveled to the UK, according to PA analysis. This is more than double the total for 2020.

In 2019, Home Secretary Priti Patel promised to make migrant crossing a “rare phenomenon” by the spring of 2020 and “make this route infeasible” in August last year. During this time, the government has agreed to pay millions of pounds to enhance the security of France’s north coast.

Campaign participants and aid charities have repeatedly called on ministers to overhaul the asylum system in the light of the surge in numbers.

PA contributed to this report

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