Number of people arriving in UK on small boats has passed 25,000 after another 915 crossed on Saturday

Latest official figures from the Ministry of Defence reveal that 915 migrants crossed in 19 small boats on Saturday, the second busiest day of the year so far.

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The number of people crossing the English Channel in small boats this year has passed 25,000 after more than 900 others came across yesterday.

Latest official figures from the Ministry of Defence reveal that 915 migrants crossed in 19 small boats on Saturday, the second busiest day of the year so far.

The busiest ever day for Channel crossings happened last Monday, when 1,295 people arrived in inflatables in UK waters.

GB News analysis of the figures shows that a total of 25,111 people have now crossed since 1 January this year.

The figure is more than double what it was at this time last year, and just over 3,000 short of the 28,526 who made the journey over the entire year in 2021.

Latest official figures from the Ministry of Defence reveal that 915 migrants crossed in 19 small boats on Saturday.
Latest official figures from the Ministry of Defence reveal that 915 migrants crossed in 19 small boats on Saturday.

Weather conditions in the Channel on Friday were too poor to allow crossings and no small boat arrivals were detected.

GB News' Kent based producer said the next few days ahead were also expected to produce poor conditions in the Channel.

"The reason we got a large number crossing yesterday was because the people smugglers were trying to get as many across as possible before the weather changed again.

"It could be a few days before we see any significant numbers trying to cross again."

Since last Monday, 3,733 people have been processed through the Border Force processing centres in Dover and Manston air base in Kent
Since last Monday, 3,733 people have been processed through the Border Force processing centres in Dover and Manston air base in Kent
The latest statistics come as GB News revealed that most of those taken off small boats are from Albania, a country of just 2.8 million people.
The latest statistics come as GB News revealed that most of those taken off small boats are from Albania, a country of just 2.8 million people.

Since last Monday, 3,733 people have been processed through the Border Force processing centres in Dover and Manston air base in Kent, the busiest week so far this year for small boat arrivals.

The latest statistics come as GB News revealed that most of those taken off small boats are from Albania, a country of just 2.8 million people.

At least 60% of those processed have come from Albania.The crisis prompted the UK government to broker an emergency agreement with Albania, to help fast-track the deportation of Albanians who have no right to be here.

The Government believes the vast majority of those arriving from Albania would not qualify for asylum, having left a peaceful country.

As part of the agreement, some Albanian police officers will be based in Kent to help expedite the assessment process.The agreement is planned to come into force in the week ahead.