Migrants rescued from the English Channel arrive on a Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) boat at Dungeness, Britain, September 7, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

English Channel Migrants Are Still Crossing  In Record Numbers

John Konrad
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August 2, 2022

by John Konrad (gCaptain) The UK Ministry of Defense confirmed on Tuesday that 3,683 people tried to cross the English Channel in July.

In just one day last week, 24 small boats carrying 700 migrants from France were found.

Boris Johnson’s outgoing government hoped that a new immigration law would reduce immigration by making migrants and smugglers face harsher punishments. However, more than 17,000 migrants have already made it to England this year. That’s a lot compared to the 28,500 people who were said to have crossed the border in 2021 as a whole.

A representative for the UK said that only 23 people had been arrested since the Nationality and Borders Act made it illegal for migrants to sneak into the country.

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“Under our new Migration and Economic Development Partnership with Rwanda, we are continuing to work on plans to move people who are making dangerous, unnecessary, and illegal trips to the UK,” said a UK press release. However, a report by the cross-party House of Commons Home Affairs Committee said that there is no evidence that the Rwanda policy is working.

One possible reason that migrants are crossing the border more is because of the new Rwanda strategy. People traffickers have been encouraging migrants to cross before the Rwanda scheme launches.

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