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5,000 migrants will already have crossed the channel this year


By this weekend, more than 5,000 migrants will have crossed the canal in small boats this year.

Undeterred by the tragic death of a young Sudanese man earlier this week, hundreds more are expected to attempt to break into Britain in the coming days.

Yesterday the Home Office announced that 164 migrants arrived on the Kent coast in 11 boats on Wednesday and 41 were picked up by the French.

Another eight men from Nigeria, Guinea, Gambia and Sierra Leone were picked up by the Border Force yesterday.

This increases the number of those who started the trip this year to 4,994. Given that new arrivals have been arriving almost daily for the past few weeks, the total is expected to top the 5,000 mark today.

Yesterday the Home Office announced that 164 migrants arrived on the Kent coast in 11 boats on Wednesday and 41 were picked up by the French. Another eight men from Nigeria, Guinea, Gambia and Sierra Leone were picked up by the Border Force yesterday. (Pictured: Migrants have seen selfies while waiting to be rescued from the English Channel on August 11th this year.)

Undeterred by the tragic death of a young Sudanese man earlier this week, hundreds more are expected to attempt to break into Britain in the coming days. Pictured: the 28-year-old Sudanese migrant who died in the English Channel and who had two names: Wajdi Hammdallah Hammad and Abdulfatah Hamdallah

Undeterred by the tragic death of a young Sudanese man earlier this week, hundreds more are expected to attempt to break into Britain in the coming days. Pictured: the 28-year-old Sudanese migrant who died in the English Channel and who had two names: Wajdi Hammdallah Hammad and Abdulfatah Hamdallah

In August alone, more than 1,400 migrants crossed the canal in small boats – a record for a month – although there are still ten days before September.

In the entire last year, however, only 1,850 successfully crossed the canal.

The death of the Sudanese migrant on Wednesday re-created cross-channel tensions. Calais MP Pierre-Henri Dumont alleged that Britain's asylum policy was responsible for the tragedy.

Tory MP Tim Loughton, a former minister for children, hit back, claiming the "lack of humanity" lies with the French for trying to cross the Channel by migrants.

Former Marine Dan O’Mahoney, who leads the UK's response to the illegal crossings, arrived in France yesterday to continue looking for a solution.

Following his meetings, he said: “The incident (on Wednesday) in which a Sudanese migrant was killed trying to cross the Channel was a tragic reminder of the vital importance of the work Britain and France are doing to help it To tread the path completely unprofitable. & # 39;

A refugee cooks on a small fire in a makeshift camp in the wasteland on the outskirts of Calais after recent police evictions in previously established camps forced refugees to more remote areas in Calais, France on August 15, 2020

A refugee cooks on a small fire in a makeshift camp in the wasteland on the outskirts of Calais after recent police evictions in previously established camps forced refugees to more remote areas in Calais, France on August 15, 2020

Mr. O’Mahoney added: “People should seek asylum in the first safe country they enter.

"Anyone who tries to cross the canal, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, with unsuitable boats and without the appropriate … skills, endangers the lives of everyone on board."

Paris has requested £ 30million from the UK government to step up its canal patrols, but Home Secretary Priti Patel said such funds are contingent on France taking back some of the migrants.

Nearly 450 migrants claiming to be under the age of 18 arrived without relatives this year. They are all looked after by Kent County Council, which looks after a total of 605 under 18s.

This week the council said its capacity had reached its limit and it "simply couldn't accept newcomers safely".

Former Marine Dan O’Mahoney, who leads the UK's response to the illegal crossings, arrived in France yesterday to continue looking for a solution. He said: "Those who try to cross the canal, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, with unsuitable boats and without the appropriate ... skills, endanger the lives of everyone on board" (Image: A lot of boats, by which is believed to have been used by migrants at a shipyard of the port authority on August 15)

Former Marine Dan O’Mahoney, who leads the UK's response to the illegal crossings, arrived in France yesterday to continue looking for a solution. He said: "Those who try to cross the canal, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world, with unsuitable boats and without the appropriate … skills, endanger the lives of everyone on board" (Image: A lot of boats, by which is believed to have been used by migrants at a shipyard of the port authority on August 15)

To solve the problem, the ministers have asked other councils to take in some of the unaccompanied migrant children.

The Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Housing, Municipalities and Local Government write to all local authorities asking them to come forward, play their part and take responsibility.

A Home Office spokesman described the situation as "unprecedented" and said the burden on the Kent Council was "unacceptable and cannot continue".

The councils are now receiving £ 240 per child per week, with more funding for those helping the largest number of children.

However, critics said the voluntary nature of the system renders it ineffective and insists that it should be made compulsory on councils.

The Bishop of Dover, Rev. Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the first black female bishop of the Church of England, accused the politicians of "playing in the gallery".

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