Posted on June 16, 2022

Channel Migrants: More Than 10,000 People Cross in 2022

BBC, June 7, 2022

More than 10,000 people have crossed the English Channel in small boats so far this year, according to figures collated by the BBC.

A group of 79 migrants were brought ashore at Dover by Border Force on Tuesday.

This year’s total is more than double what it was during the same period last year.

About 8,400 migrants crossed 2020, and more than 28,000 made the journey in 2021.

Tuesday’s arrivals bring the total to more than 10,000 people who have crossed in small boats so far this year
A government spokesman said: “The rise in dangerous Channel crossings is unacceptable. Not only are they an overt abuse of our immigration laws, but they risk lives and hinder our ability to help refugees who come to the UK through safe and legal routes.

“The Nationality and Borders Act will fix our broken immigration system by protecting those in genuine need while cracking down on the evil people-smuggling gangs responsible for these life-threatening journeys.”