Highest ever single day total of migrants sailing across the Channel arrive in the UK


More than 430 migrants sailed across the English Channel to the UK on Monday.

The number set a new single-day record, passing the previous daily high of 416 set in September last year, according to data compiled by the PA news agency.

Monday’s figure included a group of around 50 men, women, and children who were seen walking ashore after landing near Dungeness in Kent.

They are thought to have left northern France or Belgium on a dinghy earlier on Monday.

The dinghy was watched by the RNLI as it came closer to the coast before it landed at around 1pm.

After the group arrived, some of its members celebrated, while others sat down on the beach.

It came as parliament debated proposed reforms to the UK’s asylum system.

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Former prime minister Theresa May warned against the idea of sending asylum seekers to offshore processing centres, something that is done under controversial policies in Australia.

People thought to be migrants make their way up the beach after arriving on a small boat at Dungeness in Kent. Picture date: Monday July 19, 2021.
The men, women, and children were among at least 430 people who arrived during the day

Mrs May said she had previously considered the idea but had not taken it any further due to “practical concerns”.

The Nationality And Borders Bill could see asylum seekers sent to a “safe third country” where they would submit claims at a “designated place” determined by the secretary of state.

Bella Sankey, director of charity Detention Action, said: “The Home Office’s anti-refugee bill is political theatre that doesn’t even pretend to deal with the issue or make our system, safe, fair or efficient.

“We need a mechanism allowing refugees arriving at the UK border in France to be given safe passage, and until we have it, all else is noise and distraction.”

More than 1,850 people have reached Britain on small boats in July so far, according to PA analysis.

That is more than the 2019 total.

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