The number of migrants crossing the Channel in 2021 is almost DOUBLE the previous year – .

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The number of migrants crossing the Channel in 2021 is almost DOUBLE the previous year – .


The number of people who have crossed the Channel in 2021 so far is almost double compared to 2020, with three months left in the year.

More than 16,400 people have made the dangerous journey so far this year in small boats, according to official data available from the Home Office.

Last year’s total was over 8,400, meaning this year’s figure to date is approaching double the 2020 total.

More than 16,400 people have made the dangerous journey so far this year in small boats, according to official data available from the Home Office

On Sunday, a border forces coastal patrol vessel was seen arriving in Dover full of people as well as a lifeboat with around 40 or 50 people.

Group of suspected migrants brought to Dover, Kent, by border force officers

Group of suspected migrants brought to Dover, Kent, by border forces officers

Dan O’Mahoney, Underground Channel Threat Commander, said: “The government is determined to tackle the unacceptable increase in dangerous Channel crossings by using all the tools at our disposal, every step of the way.

“But this is a complicated issue requiring changes in our laws. The government’s new immigration plan offers the only long-term solution to fixing the failing system and making the change needed to tackle criminal gangs and prevent further loss of life.

There were even more crossings this weekend.

On Sunday, a border forces coastal patrol vessel was seen arriving in Dover full of people as well as a lifeboat with around 40 or 50 people, including families and young children, on board.

From 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., it is estimated that around 150 people arrived.

Those who arrived were all seen wearing blue surgical masks and orange life jackets

Those who arrived were all seen wearing blue surgical masks and orange life jackets

Later, a group of people believed to be migrants were escorted by police and border officials away from the beach at St Margaret's Bay.

Later, a group of people believed to be migrants were escorted by police and border officials away from the beach at St Margaret’s Bay.

Last month, a 27-year-old man from Eritrea died after he and four others jumped overboard as their boat began to sink

Last month, a 27-year-old man from Eritrea died after he and four others jumped overboard as their boat began to sink

In October last year, a Kurdish-Iranian family, including young children, died when their migrant boat sank off the coast of France

In October last year, a Kurdish-Iranian family, including young children, died when their migrant boat sank off the coast of France

Those who arrived were all seen wearing blue surgical masks and orange life jackets.

Later, a group of people believed to be migrants were escorted by police and border officials away from the beach at St Margaret’s Bay.

They had landed on the beach in a small boat following several arrivals from the Channel.

In October last year, a Kurdish-Iranian family, including young children, died when their migrant boat sank off the coast of France.

Last month, a 27-year-old man from Eritrea died after he and four others jumped overboard as their boat began to sink.

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