Illegal migrant crossings of the English Channel have hit their highest monthly total for the year as people-smuggling efforts ramped up during the warmer weather.
A total of 3,136 illegal migrants in 76 boats landed on British shores in the month of June, the highest total for a month so far this year, according to analysis from the PA News Agency as reported by ITV News.
June’s crossings take the known total for the year to 12,690, more than five times the number that had crossed at this point of the year in 2020 (2,493) and over double that recorded in the first six months of last year (5,917).
Crossings of the English Channel from France typically ramp up during the late summer and autumn amid calmer conditions on the busy waterway, with the highest monthly total being recorded in November of last year when 6,971 migrants were brought ashore.
The pace of boat landings is on track to meet the prediction of 65,000 migrant arrivals by the end of the year, though some have warned that as many as 100,000 may reach Britain this year, compared to 28,526 in 2021, 8,466 in 2020, 1,843 in 2019, and 299 in 2018.
The government announced earlier this year that in order to create a deterrence to the often dangerous people-smuggling trade in the Channel, illegal boat migrants would be deported to the East African nation of Rwanda.
The scheme has yet to materialise, however, with a flight last month being blocked by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which … (Read more)