Migrant crossings exceed 1,000 in a day for fourth time in seven weeks

The latest update takes the total of crossings this year to 34,694 so far.

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More than 1,000 migrants have crossed the English Channel to the UK in a single day for the fourth time in seven weeks.

According to the Ministry of Defence, 1,065 people made the journey on Sunday in 25 boats, suggesting an average of 43 people per boat.

The three other occasions in which the total crossings in a day exceeded 1,000 happened through August and September, with August 22 seeing the highest number on a single day since current records began in 2018. The figure recorded was 1,295.

The latest update takes the total of crossings this year to 34,694 so far.

By the end of 2021, the figure of Channel crossings recorded was 28,526.

According to the Ministry of Defence, 1,065 people made the journey on Sunday in 25 boats, suggesting an average of 43 people per boat.
According to the Ministry of Defence, 1,065 people made the journey on Sunday in 25 boats, suggesting an average of 43 people per boat.
Since former Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the deal in April, 29,426 people have arrived in the UK after making the crossing from France.
Since former Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the deal in April, 29,426 people have arrived in the UK after making the crossing from France.

The crossings come as the Government faces more legal challenges and resistance against its controversial Rwanda plan.

Flights to deport migrants are on hold while legal disputes continue. The High Court is expected to give its ruling on all of the cases at the same time, at a later date.

Since former Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the deal in April, 29,426 people have arrived in the UK after making the crossing from France.

A spokeswoman for the Government said: “The continued rise of dangerous Channel crossings is a clear abuse of our immigration laws, risking the lives of vulnerable people and funding vile criminal gangs.

“Despite the lies they have been sold by the people smugglers, migrants who travel through safe countries to illegally enter the UK will not be allowed to start a new life here. These individuals will be in scope to be relocated to Rwanda under our Migration and Economic Development Partnership.

“Our Nationality and Borders Act is beginning to have an impact on this exploitative business model, with more than 190 people already arrested since it became law, and we remain committed to removing those who flout our laws.”