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MoD confirm record figures for 2022 migrant boat crossings


The Ministry of Defence (MoD) have confirmed a record 45,756 migrants crossed the Channel to the UK in 2022.

The last crossings of the year took place on Christmas Day when 90 people made the journey from France in two boats.

The provisional annual total for 2022 is a record and is 60% up from 28,526 in 2021, but it is lower than the 60,000 that Home Office officials previously estimated could make the journey.

August saw 8.641 people arrive in Britain by inflatable dinghy or other small craft - the most migrants to reach the UK in one month.

The busiest day came on August 22 when 1,295 migrants arrived in Britain over a 24-hour period.

Over the last 12 months, politicians have made a series of weak, attention grabbing attempts to get a grip on the migrant crisis amid a tumultuous period which saw three prime ministers and three home secretaries.