More than 17,000 Migrants Arrive in Britain this Year, Crossing the English Channel

More than 17,000 Migrants Arrive in Britain this Year, Crossing the English Channel

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As of the current year, the number of migrants arriving in Britain after crossing the English Channel has exceeded 17,000, according to recent statistics.

In a single day, 444 individuals successfully completed the journey, utilizing eight boats.

This translates to an average of approximately 56 people per vessel.

Over the course of the year, a total of 17,234 people have embarked on the perilous 21-mile voyage across the Dover Straits using 366 small boats.

The month of August alone witnessed the arrival of 2,501 migrants in 47 inflatable dinghies and similar small craft, averaging around 53 migrants cramped within each vessel.

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Border Force, responsible for border control, has been actively preparing for what they term ‘red’ days, which correspond to favorable conditions such as warm weather and calm seas that facilitate easier crossings.

These conditions are expected to persist along the south coast throughout the upcoming weekend.

Recent Crossings and Preparations Amidst Challenges

The recent crossings come shortly after a tragic incident off the coast of Sangatte, northern France, where at least six individuals lost their lives and numerous others were rescued from a distressed boat.

The 444 asylum seekers who arrived in Britain via eight boats were greeted by a variety of circumstances.

The first group, including a pregnant woman, arrived in Dover, Kent around 5am.

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Subsequent arrivals were aided by Border Force catamarans, with one notable arrival being a woman in a wheelchair.

At noon, 52 asylum seekers, among them children, were intercepted 30 miles off the coast of Dungeness in Kent.

Earlier in the day, 25 migrants were prevented from embarking on the journey by the French coastguard.

The regional operational surveillance and rescue center (CROSS) in Cap Griz-Nez responded to a boat in distress off the coast of Le Touquet, leading to the successful recovery of the migrants by the French police maritime ship Aber Ildut.

They were subsequently cared for by firefighters and border police at the port of Boulogne-sur-mer.

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Continued Efforts Amidst Evolving Conditions

Border Force continued its vigilance as another group of migrants attempted the treacherous journey.

Mostly comprised of males and wearing orange life-jackets, they were safely escorted to the harbor in Dover before 9am.

Additional arrivals followed, with dozens more migrants brought into the port throughout the day.

However, the operation was impacted by deteriorating weather conditions, resulting in the interception of two dinghies and their transport to Border Force vessels.

Despite these challenges, the total number of migrants arriving in the UK this year remains lower than the figures reported in 2022.

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By August 17 of the previous year, 21,096 individuals had completed the crossing in 566 boats.

Notably, the year 2021 saw 28,526 crossings, while the peak of migration occurred in 2020 with a record 45,755 people crossing the Channel.

Prime Minister’s Perspective and Ongoing Commitment

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who has prioritized addressing this issue in anticipation of the upcoming general election, remarked on the current situation.

He indicated that the current influx of arrivals is lower compared to previous years, marking a noteworthy change.

While emphasizing his determination to resolve the matter, he also acknowledged the long road ahead.

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The government’s commitment to tackling this challenge remains unwavering, recognizing the complexities involved in addressing the ongoing migrant arrivals via the English Channel.

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