Nearly 700 migrants crossed the English Channel to the UK in just one day – a record for the year so far, the Department of Defense (MoD) has said.
Some 696 made the journey in 14 boats on Monday, with large groups of migrants – including young children – being brought ashore in Ramsgate.
The latest numbers mean more than 17,000 people have now arrived in the UK by 2022 after navigating busy transport routes from France in small boats, such as dinghys.
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It comes a day after the government confirmed the number of migrants crossing the Channel in July was highest of the year so far, with 3,683 making the journey on 90 boats.
And it also comes a month after new legislation increased the maximum penalty for people entering the UK illegally to four years in prison, and prison life for train drivers.
The government has announced plans to bring migrants who came to the UK illegally to Rwanda just three months ago, said it would stop people from making the Channel cross.
But the first flight to the country was canceled after a last-minute order from the European Court of Human Rights.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has supported the plan, and both Conservative leadership candidates, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, have pledged to continue the policy.
But opposition parties and charities – supposedly even Prince Charles – declared the policy inhumane.
And last month, court documents revealed Mrs. Patel has been warned against pursuing this planThe UK’s High Commissioner to Rwanda said the country “has been accused of recruiting refugees to carry out armed operations in neighboring countries”.
Reports suggest Ms Patel is preparing to announce another multimillion-pound deal with France to try to reduce the number of migrants crossing the English Channel.
According to the Times, this money will go towards more beach patrols and surveillance equipment, and in addition to the millions already paid to the country.