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Over 2,000 boat migrants land in first half of August


Over 2,000 illegal boat migrants have successfully crossed the English Channel from France since the start of the month, putting August on pace for a record number of arrivals.

Last Thursday, a record 592 illegal migrants arrived at the Port of Dover, eclipsing the previous daily record of 482, which was set just over a week prior. The migrant boats continued over the weekend, with another 150 landings on Sunday.

The latest crossings take the total for the month to approximately 2,049. This puts August on pace to break the previous monthly record of 3,509, which was set last month.

To date, approximately 11,464 boat migrants have reached English soil since the start of the year, compared to 8,410 for the entirety of 2020.

Despite constant promises and pledges from Home Secretary Priti Patel to crack down on the migrant routes, the boats have only increased in number and in size, with people smuggler gangs using larger and often unseaworthy vessels to ferry migrants from the beaches of France.