Record number of immigrants crossing the English Channel on a small boat


A record number of people are running gauntlets in the English Channel on small boats and rubber dinghys, and in the last six months about 6,000 have arrived in the UK in violation of immigration law.

There is an upward trend, despite Interior Minister Priti Patel vowing to make crossing one of the busiest routes in the world for smugglers and migrants “infeasible” ..

By 2021, more than 5,900 people have successfully arrived in the UK on small boats, according to PA News Agency, which has tracked and analyzed intersections for the past 18 months.

A total of 8,417 people traveled throughout 2020. That’s four times the number in 2019.

According to, only 299 people made the intersection in 2018 Home office figure..

A home office spokesperson said: “These intersections are completely unacceptable. In the summer months, we have doubled our work with the French authorities by increasing our investment in beach patrols, information sharing and surveillance.

“As a result, we have seen more than 5,000 people so far this year who have been prevented by the French from making dangerous intersections.

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30-year-old Iraqi national Assad Abdulratif Said Abdulgany was convicted on October 30 for smuggling himself and 16 others by maneuvering a boat across the English Channel on September 15, 2020. It was.

“As organized crime groups adapt their approach, we do so too. But to truly shut down this deadly route, we need to fix the broken system through a new immigration program. This The plan is solid for those who abuse the system and fair for those who really need protection. “

Some charities have criticized the government for numbers.

Tim Naor Hilton, Chief Executive Officer of Refugee Action, said: “The government’s obsession with building a British fortress has created the dream of people’s smugglers.”

“And their planned refugee bill appears to be an infeasible, illegal and costly disaster that does nothing to stop refugees from endangering their lives in the straits.”

In recent years, several people have died trying to cross the busy 21 miles.

In October, a Kurdish Iranian family, including a small child, died when an immigrant ship sank along the French coast.

Channel intersections make up a small proportion of illegal immigrants to the United Kingdom. The vast majority of illegal immigrants in the UK are those who have exceeded their visas, have not received asylum, or have obtained visas illegally.

The latest figures on channel crossing come in reports that the Interior Ministry may introduce controversial legislation to allow asylum seekers to be sent to overseas process centers.

There is little accurate information about the levels that could be classified as illegal immigrants to the UK. In particular, the definition of “illegal” immigrants is difficult to identify and is subject to a variety of interpretations and uses.

2007 London School of Economics Report (pdfThe number of “irregular” migrants is estimated at 533,000, which is less than 1 percent of the population.

PA contributed to this report

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