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More than 10,000 migrants have already crossed the Channel this year

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More than 10,000 migrants have already crossed the Channel this year, despite the threat that they could be deported to Rwanda

  • Fears for record year for crossing migrants despite crackdown
  • Last year around this time, the number of arrivals by small boat was just over 4,200
  • But this year, 10,057 migrants have been intercepted so far and 600 . this week
  • On Thursday alone, another 139 migrants crossed the Strait of Dover in six boats

More than 10,000 migrants have crossed the Channel this year, despite the threat of being deported to Rwanda.

The number of would-be refugees arriving by dinghy is more than double the number for this time last year, official figures show.

And the record arrivals have continued this week, even after the first rejected asylum seekers were told they would be put on a one-way flight to East Africa, leading to hunger strikes and suicide attempts in detention centers.

It has sparked renewed concern that the government’s flagship plan to end the people-smuggling route is in danger of failing.

Dozens were landed at Dover by Border Force officials, bringing the total for the week to more than 600. came

Former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib told Talk TV yesterday: ‘If the aim of the Rwanda plan was to deter people crossing the Channel, it doesn’t really work.

“Since they announced it, record numbers have been coming in. We must put an end to this illegal movement of people across the Channel.’

Ministry of Defense figures showed that 139 migrants in six boats crossed the Strait of Dover, the narrowest part of the Channel, on Thursday.

Dozens were landed in Dover by Border Force officials, bringing the total for the week to more than 600.

It means that 10,057 migrants have been intercepted so far this year. Last year around this time, the number of arrivals by small boat was just over 4,200 and the 10,000 milestone was not reached until August.

The number of would-be refugees arriving by dinghy is more than double the figure for this time last year, official figures show

The number of would-be refugees arriving by dinghy is more than double the figure for this time last year, official figures show

About 100 people believed to have crossed the Channel illegally in dinghies have received ‘deletion notices’ from the Interior Ministry saying they will be deported to Rwanda.

The first flight is due to depart on June 14, but legal challenges are expected at the last minute.

A group of 17 rejected asylum seekers at the Brook House detention center near Gatwick airport have gone on a five-day hunger strike over controversial policies, while others have reportedly attempted suicide.

Figures from the Ministry of the Interior show how the number of migrants arriving by dinghy has soared.

In 2018, only 299 were detected with a small boat crossing the Channel, rising to 1,843 in 2019. In 2020, that was 8,466 and last year 28,526.

With more than 10,000 so far in 2022, there are fears it will be another record year, despite the government’s efforts to crack down.

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