Nearly 700 migrants cross English Channel – highest number on single day this year


Almost 700 migrants have crossed the English Channel to the UK in a single day – a record for the year so far, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) said.

Some 696 made the journey in 14 boats on Monday, with large groups of migrants – including young children – seen being brought ashore in Ramsgate.

The latest figure means more than 17,000 people have now arrived in the UK in 2022 after navigating the busy shipping lanes from France in small boats, such as dinghies.

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It comes a day after the government confirmed the number of migrants crossing the Channel in July was the highest of the year so far, with 3,683 making the journey in 90 boats.

And it also comes a month after new laws increasing the maximum penalty for those illegally entering the UK to four years in prison, and life in prison for those piloting the boats.

The government announced its plan to send migrants who arrive illegally in the UK to Rwanda just three…

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