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Last year, a record number of immigrants passed through the English Channel

At least 28,395 people arrived in the UK in 2021, according to PA news agency statistics. This is more than three times the number in 2020.

The peak was in November, during which at least 6,869 people arrived in the United Kingdom. (Reuters)

Last year, a record number of more than 28,000 migrants crossed the route from France to the United Kingdom by small boat.

PA News Agency reported figures on Tuesday based on an analysis of government data.

At least 28,395 people arrived in the UK when people’s smugglers took advantage of demand and charged thousands of pounds to cross crowded routes on flimsy boats. This is more than three times that of 2020.

The peak was in November, during which at least 6,869 people arrived in the United Kingdom.

On November 11, a record 1,185 people arrived on the British coast in one day.

The numbers were also due to the use of larger boats, carrying ships with an average of about 28 people, sometimes as many as 50 people.

Such a crossing ended tragically for many, and on November 24, at least 27 migrants drowned from France when French authorities attempted to cross in a boat likened to an inflatable pool for children. Did.

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The 27 victims were predominantly male, but also included 7 females, children aged 16 and 7.

They were mainly Iraqi Kurds, but also Iranian Kurds, Afghanistan, Ethiopians, Somalis, and Egyptians.

The large number of immigrants from mainland Europe to the United Kingdom has been a political headache for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his Interior Minister Priti Patel.

The flow of immigrants has also exacerbated relations between Britain and France, prompting a game of unsightly accusations, even though both sides are trying to disrupt the trafficking network.

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The UK government’s nationality and border bill is now in front of Parliament, promising more rigorous action against smugglers of people and controversial immigrants themselves.

If passed, a bill opposed by rights groups would allow asylum seekers to return through so-called “safe third countries.”

Source: TRT World and distributors

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