Government figures show that around 10,000 migrants have crossed the English Channel to the UK since the beginning of 2022.
According to the analysis, 9,988 migrants arrived on British shores after navigating busy shipping lanes from France in small boats such as dinghies.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) also confirmed that 40 migrants were brought ashore on Friday in a single boat.
According to data published in previous years, 28,526 migrants crossed in 2021 compared to 8,466 in 2020, 1,843 in 2019 and 299 in 2018.
A ‘small boat’ is defined by the MOD as one of several vessels that cross the English Channel ‘for the purpose of gaining entry into the UK without a visa or permission to enter – either directly into the UK has been disembarked or stopped at sea by the authorities and brought ashore’.
Rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), dinghys and kayaks are the most common small vessels that make crossings across the English Channel.
Earlier this week it was announced that the Home Office has formally started notifying migrants about their deportation to Rwanda.
The government described the move as a ‘final administrative step’ in its partnership with the East African nation, allowing those believed to have entered the UK illegally to rebuild their lives thousands of miles away. will be encouraged.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said she hoped there would be “now efforts to thwart the process and delay removal”, but she would “not be timid” in her plans.
Campaigners were boosted by earlier confirmation that flights would not go ahead until the end of May, as originally indicated by Boris Johnson, following the actions of the respective charities about the policy.
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