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Over 25,000 Illegal Immigrants Have Crossed English Channel So Far in 2022 – U.K. Government

A group of illegal immigrants are brought in to Dover, England, by the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, on Aug. 25, 2022. (Gareth Fuller/PA Media)
A group of illegal immigrants are brought in to Dover, England, by the Royal National Lifeboat Institute, on Aug. 25, 2022. (Gareth Fuller/PA Media)

More than 25,000 illegal immigrants have been detected crossing the English Channel in small boats to reach the UK since the beginning of 2022, UK government figures show.

According to the Ministry of Defence, 915 illegal immigrants were detected in 19 small boats on Aug. 27, taking the provisional total for the year to 25,146.

There have been 8,747 crossings detected in August so far, with 3,733 in the past week, analysis shows.

A record 1,295 illegal immigrants crossed the Channel on Aug. 22, the highest figure for a single day since the current system of record-keeping began in 2018.

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