Channel crossings hit 2022 high as 3,000 arrive in small boats

More than 3,000 people arrived in the UK after crossing the English Channel in small boats in June. That's the highest monthly total this year

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3,136 made the journey on 76 boats in the 30-day period, according to government figures.

Nearly 13,000 have now crossed in the first half of this year.

2,871 made the crossing in May, 2,143 in April.

1,322 in January and 144 in February, according to Home Office figures for the first quarter of the year and subsequent data collected by the Ministry of Defence.

The highest month on record since 2018 was for 6,971 crossings in November 2021.

Border Force officers in Kent
Border Force officers in Kent
Migrants landing in the UK
Migrants landing in the UK

The figures indicate 51,824 people have made the crossing since 2018.

The total so far for 2022 is more than five times the 2,493 recorded between January and June 2020.

Yesterday, the UK Government struck a “major new immigration agreement” with Nigeria, to help speed up the removal of foreign national criminals from that country and Nigerians who have no right to remain in the UK.

The same day, a flight to Nigeria and Ghana removed 11 Foreign National Offenders and 10 other Nigerian and Ghanaian nationals, with no right to be in the UK.

The deal with Nigeria is planned to help introduce a quicker removal process.

It is a different type of deal to the economic partnership with Rwanda, announced in April.

That agreement is designed to process asylum seekers, who arrive in the UK by “irregular routes”, in the central African nation instead.

Plans to send a flight of asylum seekers to the Rwandan capital earlier this month were blocked by the European Court of Human Rights, after a judge in Strasbourg ruled the flight should be halted.