Priti Patel Hell-bent On Stopping Channel Crossings

As of last week, figures have shown that the number of channel crossings this year exceeds the for the entire year of 2020. 

More than 500 migrants attempt to reach UK shores in one day
Migrants/Picture credit: The Guardian

As of last week, figures have shown that the number of channel crossings this year exceeds the for the entire year of 2020.

On Sunday, the UK authorities had to stop over five hundred migrants who had attempted to reach shores trying to make an illegal entry into the country. About 378 people were taken into custody for making this attempt.

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Meanwhile, France had to stop another 178 migrants from making an illegal entry.

Figures from last week show that 8,452 people have crossed over and reached the UK this year which exceeds the figure of migrants who crossed the Channel in the entire year of 2020.

Home Secretary Priti Patel is hell-bent on stopping more migrants from crossing the Channel. In a statement, she emphasized her “unwavering determination to stop these dangerous crossings”.

In the past week, she announced that the Home Office is set to double the number of police patrolling French beaches. The UK Government pledged to give France £54 million for this agreement.

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A spokesperson from the Home Office said: “Border Force is currently dealing with ongoing small boat incidents off the Kent coast.

“Further details will be provided after the initial response and once the situation has been resolved.”

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