Despite an increasingly restrictive policy towards immigrants. The United Kingdom set a record for Channel crossings on Monday, August 2. Fourteen boats and nearly 700 migrants reached the coast of England within 24 hours.
Six hundred and ninety-six migrants arrived in the UK on Monday in 14 boats, according to Ministry of Defense figures. That’s more than any day in 2022. Our correspondent in London recalled that the previous “record” was set on April 13, Emily’s wine. Sailboats have been on the rise for several weeks, with July seeing the highest number of arrivals on British beaches.
Nevertheless, since the beginning of this year, the UK government has stepped up its rhetoric and policy to tackle illegal immigration. First, with collective purpose Outsources its asylum system to Rwanda and to deport anyone who came to the UK illegally. The project is currently on hold due to a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. Then, starting at the end of June, a new law makes it punishable by up to four years in prison for visiting the country illegally. Traffickers risk their lives for their operations.
Continued tensions France / United Kingdom
An MP for Dover, the coastal city that sees most of the arrivals, has called on French authorities to do more to prevent Channel crossings. On Monday 2 August, France intercepted around 70 people trying to reach the UK. With the support of the Border Police (PAF) and Calais Port Relief, everyone is safe and sound, PAF and Calais Port Relief said.
At least 203 people have died or gone missing at sea or on land trying to reach the UK from the north coast of France since 2014, including 27 shipwrecks on a single day at the end of 2021. International Organization for Migration (IOM).
According to times On Monday, Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to give France millions of pounds for the third year in a row as part of a deal to tackle the crossings, at the center of continuing tensions between the French and British governments. In the fall of 2021, according to the British press, Priti Patel threatened not to pay more than the promised 60 million euros, much to the consternation of her French representative, Gerald Dorman, due to the lack of results on the French side.
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