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So much for Rwanda! Number of migrants crossing Channel DOUBLES in 12 months

The Ministry of Defence on Sunday confirmed 20,000 individuals have made the crossing to date this yr – up from 11,300 on the similar level final yr. Smugglers are believed to be benefiting from the heatwave – and calmer circumstances – to push migrants into tiny, unseaworthy boats.

There may be additionally rising concern that folks trafficking gangs are slashing costs and are exploiting social media web site TikTok to promote unlawful entry to the UK by way of the English Channel.

Fierce competitors between gangs noticed varied teams boasting they had been the “finest” operator for profitable crossings, and stating “Rwanda has been cancelled”.

One group working with refugees in Calais stated it heard individuals smugglers had lowered their costs, as rival teams tried to realize dominance available in the market.

On Saturday 607 made the crossing in 14 boats – the third time the entire has exceeded 600 in 2022.

There have been 28,526 crossings detected in 2021.

Earlier this yr, 47 individuals had been informed they’d be flown the 4,000 miles (6,500km) to Rwanda and a flight was booked for 14 June.

Nonetheless, after a collection of authorized challenges and a ruling from the European Courtroom of Human Rights, the flight was cancelled.

The very best variety of crossings in a single day was on November 11 final yr, when 1,185 individuals arrived within the UK on small boats.

Leaked figures revealed that Albanians at the moment make up the most important ethnic group of these making the crossings. Migrants from the Balkan nation now make up 4 in ten arrivals from northern France with 1,075 Albanians arriving within the UK aboard dinghies and small boats within the six weeks to July 12.

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