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1,000 migrants arrived in 25 boats on Sunday alone


More than 1,000 people crossed the English Channel on Sunday, adding to the record number who have made the perilous journey this year - which now stands at over 34,000.

Some 1,065 people made the crossing on Sunday in 25 boats and inflatable dinghies, according to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), meaning each boat carried an average of about 43 people. 

With a break in the poor weather over the weekend, the first groups were seen being escorted to shore by Border Force officials in the early hours of the morning.

Crossings continued throughout the day, with the last migrants arriving on Border Force vessel Ranger around 8pm.

The latest crossings take the provisional total for the year so far to 34,694, according to analysis of Government figures - the highest number for a single year ever recorded.

This is compared to 28,526 people who attempted to make the treacherous crossing of the 21-mile Dover Straits throughout the whole of last year.

The 1,065 figure is by far the most for a single day so far this month, with 1,693 people having arrived in the UK after making the journey this October. 

Meanwhile, 367 asylum seekers were rescued by French authorities after getting into difficulty at sea.