– 430 immigrants crossed the English Channel today
The British government is reporting a new daily rise. Summer weather may be one of the reasons why many dare to cross the Dangerous Ring.
At least 430 immigrants crossed the English Channel toward Great Britain on Monday. The British government announced on Tuesday that the number had surpassed the previous daily high of 416 in September 2020.
Since the beginning of 2020, the number of immigrants has been increasing, often crossing the strait in crowded rubber dinghies. When the summer weather is favorable, especially a large number of people go down the dangerous seas.
On Monday, a rubber dinghy with about 50 people, including women and small children, reached the coast of Kent in the south of England. When they came ashore, some of them happily threw up their hands.
Last year, about 8,500 people came across the English Channel in Great Britain, according to the government. Most immigrants begin their perilous journey in France. However, both governments are arguing for solutions to the problem.
Great Britain now wants to take action against illegal immigration with a new law. The maximum sentence for immigrants entering the UK illegally will be raised from six months to four years. The accused kidnappers face life imprisonment. “This law will finally address the issues that led to the illegal migration system,” Home Minister Priti Patel told parliament on Monday.