Record Number of 1,000 Migrants Cross the Channel to England
Yesterday, 1,000 migrants from France crossed the Channel to England. There were never so many in one day, reports the British Home Office.
An estimated 23,000 migrants have already taken a boat across the Channel from France to England this year, far more than previous years.
Four British Coast Guard vessels and five lifeboats were deployed yesterday to escort groups of migrants to the port of Dover. An estimated 1,000 migrants, including children, crossed the Channel from France to England yesterday. That is a new daily record, says the British Home Office.
A source within that ministry told the British broadcaster BBC that France was not controlling the situation. The previous day record is only a week old, and 1,200 migrants have already reached the British coast in recent days.
This year, 23,000 migrants have already reached the British coast from France by boat, far more than the 8,400 in 2020. And that while crossing one of the busiest sea routes is extremely dangerous. Two migrants died during the crossing just last week, but it is not known how many people did not survive the crossing. Yet many continue to take their chance and wait for a calm sea and relatively mild temperatures like the past few days.
The British government wants to try to close the route. She previously threatened to send the boats back to the French coast, which is not allowed by law. She is now working on a new migration plan, which will make it much more difficult for migrants who reach land by boat to apply for asylum.