Over 3,100 illegal immigrants arrived by boat in June, a record number for a monthly total this year.

Almost 3,150 (3,136) made the illegal crossing on 76 boats in the 30 days of June. Channel crossings only took place on 19 of those days.

Out of the 12,690 illegal immigrants who arrived by crossing the Channel in dinghies in the first half of this year, the second-highest month for crossings was 3,074 in March.

After many have been escorted across the English Channel from France in small boats such as dinghies, 2,871 made the illegal crossing in May, 2,143 completed the crossing in April the month that the Rwanda policy was announced, 1,322 crossed in January and 144 in February. These figures are according to the Home Office for the first quarter of the year, then the MOD since they took control of the operations in the second quarter of the year.

Since 2018, over 52,500 illegal immigrants have successfully crossed the Channel. The highest month on record since 2018 was 6,971 in November 2021.

The total for 2022 so far is more than five times the amount recorded between January and June 2020 which tallied at a total of 2,493 and more than double the six-month figure for the first half of last year which stood at 5,917.

Home Office figures indicate that 28,526 crossed the Channel illegally in 2021, compared with 8,466 in the year 2020, 1,843 in 2019 and 299 in 2018.

It’s clear to see the scale at which this operation is growing. The number of illegal Channel crossings will continue to grow due to there not being a single deterrent put in place.

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