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Thousands of migrants found crossing Channel on small boats to reach UK

More than 900 people were caught in small boats crossing the station on Tuesday in what is thought to be the largest number of migrants trying to reach the UK in one day so far this year.

UK authorities have detained 405 people in 12 boats, while the French have detained another 538 people in 11 boats. Among those who arrived were a few children, including a baby, who had been brought to the shore by the RNLI rescue boat at Dungeness, Kent.

Another 279 people were caught in nine boats on Wednesday, while the French stopped 25 people in one boat.

More than 2,500 2,500 people have crossed the channel since the beginning of the year, with 28,526 XNUMX crossing in 2021.

A spokesman for the Home Office said co-operation with the French “prevented more than 23,000 migration attempts” by 2021 and 19 organized criminal gangs disbanded with the arrest of 400 people since July 2020.

Tom Pursglove, the minister of justice and anti-migration, said: “Increasing risk of crossing points is not acceptable.

“Through our national and border laws, we are arresting traffickers and fixing a broken system by making it a criminal offense to intentionally enter the UK illegally and impose a maximum sentence of life imprisonment on those who enter illegally. country.

“Our targeted work with the French authorities has resulted in more than 500 people being [arrested] before attempting this fraudulent trip to the UK.”

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