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More than SIX THOUSAND have crossed Channel in 2024


More than 6,000 Channel migrants have arrived illegally in the UK so far this year after 534 made the crossing on Sunday, the highest daily total this year.

The migrants crossed in 10 small boats. Nearly 750 people made the crossing this weekend, taking the total so far this year to 6,265.

This is 28 per cent higher than the total at the equivalent point last year, which was 4,899.

It comes as the Government prepares to bring its Rwanda Bill back to the Commons today in an effort to get deportation flights off to the East African nation.

High winds and waves had prevented crossings since last Monday, when 82 migrants arrived in the UK.

As winds eased on Saturday, 214 people managed to reach British waters in 5 small boats, before being picked up by Border Force vessels and taken to Dover harbour.

Flat calm conditions saw another 10 small boats make the illegal crossing Sunday, carrying more than 500 mainly young men.

Officials are preparing for the first flights to leave the UK for Rwanda within weeks.

But the likelihood is that the new law will face a fresh wave of legal challenges, which could add more delays to the plan.