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The number of immigrants trying to cross the English Channel to Britain is breaking records

The number of immigrants trying to cross the English Channel to Britain is breaking records

12. 11. 2021 13:11 | London / TASR

About 1,000 people arrived in the British Isles on Thursday, a new record since the crisis began.

A group of immigrants is being taken by the police to the port in the English city of Dover.
Photo: AP via TASR / Gareth Fuller / PA

An “unacceptable” number of immigrants are trying to reach Britain via the English Channel, and the British Home Office said on Friday in response to reports that attempts had been made to cover the route in the past 24 hours. AFP reported.

“The British public is good enough to watch people die on the English Channel, while ruthless criminal gangs are profiting from their misery,” a Home Ministry spokesman said, adding that planned changes to immigration laws would “fix the dysfunctional system”.

About 1,000 people arrived in the British Isles on Thursday, a new record since the crisis began many years ago, AFP writes. The previous record was set by 853 migrants in a single day in early November, according to Interior Ministry figures.

Meanwhile, French officials said three migrants were missing as they boarded a boat from the French coast to Britain. The other two migrants reported their disappearance and were rescued at sea.

Since the end of 2018, there has been a significant increase in the number of attempts by immigrants to cross the English Channel despite warnings of potential dangers.

Britain has pledged millions of pounds to France to better protect its borders, but some media outlets have reported that London could threaten to suspend these payments if it is not satisfied with Paris’ actions.

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