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1,000 Illegal Boat Migrants Reach UK in 10 Straight Days of Channel Crossings


Over 1,000 illegal boat migrants crossed the English Channel in small rubber dinghies in just 10 days this month.

Between the 4th and 13th of August, some 1,004 illegal migrants were brought ashore by UK Border Force. This is over half the total number of migrants recorded to make the illegal journey during the entirety of 2019.

The latest arrivals take the total number of recorded boat migrants to 4,511 since the start of the year, according to an analysis conducted by the Press Association news agency. This is compared to 1,890 in the whole of last year.

The Home Office said on Saturday that 89 boat migrants in five boats were brought ashore on Thursday and another 48 migrants in four boats were taken ashore on Friday.