Migrant crossings: Number reaching UK this year three times 2020's total
By SEAMLESS DAILY
22 November 2021
The number of migrants to have reached the UK by boat this year is now more than three times the 2020 total.
The Home Office said 886 people arrived on Saturday, bringing the 2021 total to more than 25,700.
The record for one day's crossings was on 11 November, when 1,185 reached the UK.
The Home Office said there was a "global migration crisis" and the number of illegal migrants departing France was "unacceptable".
A spokesperson said : "The British public have had enough of seeing people die in the Channel while ruthless criminal gangs profit from their misery and our new plan for immigration will fix the broken system which encourages migrants to make this lethal journey."
The proposed changes to immigration, being considered by MPs, would see people seeking protection as refugees having their asylum claim partly assessed on how they arrived in the UK.
People arriving by what the government calls illegal means would no longer have the same entitlement to claim asylum.
high-ranking officials believe at least 10 people have died in the last few weeks while trying to make the crossing.
A review into how to prevent migrants crossing the English Channel to reach the UK is going to be led by Cabinet Office minister Stephen Barclay, after Home Secretary Priti Patel promised tougher action.
"It appears the prime minister agrees because he seems to be putting the minister for the Cabinet Office in charge of a review of this," he said.
He said that joint efforts had stopped more than 20,000 attempts at crossings so far this year.
The people who cross the Channel come to the UK from the poorest and most vulnerable parts of the world- including Yemen, Eritrea, Chad, Egypt, Sudan and Iraq.
Under international law, people have the right to seek asylum in whichever country they arrive, and there is nothing to say you must seek asylum in the first safe country.
More than 1,000 have crossed in a single day twice in the past fortnight.
Labour accused Patel on Sunday of "comprehensively failing" to curb the growing numbers of people taking the dangerous journey across the Channel.
Craig Mackinlay, the MP for South Thanet, said he and his backbench colleagues are facing increasing demands via email and social media for the government to stop boats carrying migrants from entering the UK.
"We had a Brexit election where one of the main issues was getting control of our borders.
Enver Solomon, chief executive of the Refugee Council, said the government faces a serious challenge if it is to deliver on its promise to control the UK's borders.
"The reason we 've been seeing more dangerous crossings is because government has closed down or limited practically every safe route for people seeking protection.
Yet the record number of migrants arriving in small boats across the Channel demonstrates impotence, rather than control.
Controlling the country's borders requires international agreement and co-operation.
For the moment, with few bilateral deals in place, and outside EU arrangements, Brexit has made the situation more complicated, not less.
his answer was five- five people arriving by small boats on uk shores this year, have been returned?
As soon as the migrants arrive, they would be shipped off again.
Again, the difficulty is completing cost-effective agreements with other states.
The government's longer-term plan comes with the reform of the asylum system contained in the Nationality and Borders Bill.
Asylum seekers who have spent 10 hours or more crossing the Channel in flimsy dinghies while terrified of drowning are being bussed almost 500 miles to Scotland to be processed immediately after reaching UK shores, the Guardian has learned.
"I was profoundly shocked that the Home Office is putting people traumatised from a dangerous Channel crossing on a bus journey of over 500 miles immediately on arrival."
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