More than 6,000 migrants have crossed the Channel to the UK in small boats this year

More than 6,000 people have been brought ashore in the UK after crossing the English Channel in small boats so far this year.

The Ministry of Defense has confirmed that 181 migrants crossed the UK on six boats on Good Friday, with more expected in good weather over the Easter weekend.

The Royal Navy on Thursday assumed “operational command” of the management of migrants crossing the English Channel as part of a shake-up that will see the planned transfer of asylum seekers to Rwanda.

Political commentator Nigel Farage on Friday slammed the Navy’s involvement as a “waste of time and resources”, saying the ships used are “too high” to take people on board and therefore their role is limited. towing empty canoes.

An MoD spokeswoman said patrol vessels are being used to boost capacity in the English Channel until “more suitable” boats are found.

People landing on British shores after crossing the English Channel in small boats could in future be sent to Rwanda (Gareth Fuller/PA)

A total of 651 people across 18 boats were rescued or intercepted on Wednesday April 13, making it the highest number in one day so far this year.

Another 562 arrived on Thursday from 14 boats, bringing the total for the year to 6,011 according to figures gathered by the PA news agency.

A record 1,185 people made the crossing to the UK on November 11, 2021 – the highest recorded so far since the start of 2020.

In March this year, 3,066 people made the crossing.

This is almost four times the amount recorded for the same month in 2021 (831) and more than 16 times the number recorded in March 2020 (187).

It is also the fourth highest monthly total on record since the start of 2020, behind July (3,510), September (4,652) and November (6,869) last year.

A total of 28,395 people made the crossing in 2021, compared to 8,417 in 2020.

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