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Strait: About 350 emigrants cross the English Channel to Great Britain

Strait: About 350 emigrants cross the English Channel to Great Britain

About 350 immigrants cross the English Channel to Britain

A group of immigrants has been taken aboard a British border patrol boat. Photo: Gareth Fuller / PA Wire / DPA

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In Great Britain, more and more immigrants are returning by dangerous route by boat across the English Channel. The British government is putting more pressure on this.

Within two days, about 350 immigrants had sailed to Great Britain via the English Channel. The figures are based on a BBC report containing information from the UK Ministry of Defense and eyewitnesses on Monday.

Earlier there was a gap in the crossing lanes – probably due to the harsh weather. At least 6,947 immigrants have already crossed the English Channel from France to Great Britain this year, according to the British News Agency. This is three times more than it was at this time last year (about 2000) and six times more than the 1000 people who arrived in early May 2020.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel have promised to tighten immigration after Brexit. Patel is under a lot of pressure, especially from his Conservative party, because of the growing number.

Britain has signed an agreement with Rwanda to prevent economic migration. After arriving in the UK illegally, male immigrants are being deported to an East African country awaiting a decision on asylum claims. Opposition parties and human rights activists have strongly criticized the deal.