How this week is set to be one of 2022's busiest yet for Channel Crossings
Hundreds of migrants arrived in the UK yesterday (Tuesday 14th) morning before the first flight to bring asylum seekers to Rwanda was scheduled to leave.
Judges decided that the plane to Rwanda could take off as around 400 migrants – including mostly men, one heavily pregnant woman and 12 children – were seen arriving in Dover.
On Monday, 138 people arrived bringing the total official number of new arrivals to 705 in June alone, with the total for the year so far reaching 10,269.
When migrants were asked in Dover if they knew they could be sent to Rwanda, one migrant replied 'What? No' while others looked on in apparent confusion.
This week is predicted to be one of the busiest so far this year for small boat crossings as the summer months bring calmer conditions at sea.
Despite Home Office warnings some people could be deported to Rwanda to be relocated, 705 people have been detained in June alone.
The total number of migrants to make the treacherous journey across the 21-mile Dover Strait currently stands at 10,269 in 321 boats - more than double that of the same period in 2021 when just over 4,546 people had been detained.
According to figures released by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), 28,526 made the crossing in 2021 - compared to 8,410 who arrived in 2020.