French officials claimed that the police managed to stop at least 600 illegal immigrants from crossing the English Channel into the UK over Easter weekend.
French police said on Tuesday they had managed to stop at least 600 illegal immigrants from crossing the channel to reach England’s south coast over Easter weekend and claimed to have detained 11 people smugglers as well.
Among the migrants brought back to France were 72 people who were rescued by French authorities in the English Channel after reporting that they were in a state of danger, reports the website InfoMigrants, funded by the European Union.
According to a report by the European Union border agency Frontex, the number of migrants trying to cross the canal from January to March this year has increased by 190% compared to 2021, but about half of the 8,900 illegals have been detained by French authorities.
More than 6,000 illegal immigrants have crossed the English Channel in small boats since the beginning of the year, when 181 disembarked on Good Friday. https://t.co/AJ9JKdaINy
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Although France claims it managed to prevent 600 migrants from crossing Easter, hundreds of migrants were able to successfully make the journey to the UK, bringing the total number of migrants who arrived in the UK to over 6,000 on Good Friday.
Last year, the UK saw a total of 28,526 illegal immigrants arrive across the Channel, largely from northern France, a record number. However, many, including the British government, expect the record to be broken this year, with officials claiming as many as 65,000 or as many as 100,000 illegals could arrive before the end of 2022.
“The 2021 number was triple the previous year. If there is another tripling this year of the 2021 figure, the number of people crossing illegally by the end of the year could exceed 65,000,” Migration Watch UK head Alp Mehmet told Breitbart London in January.
“As things stand, there is little to inspire confidence in the government’s ability to stem the flow of illegal crossings,” Mehmet said and added: “The people smugglers, who are making millions of pounds from their growing illicit trade, know that they are a winner and will milk him until the cows come home.”
UK government warned 65,000 illegal immigrants on boats could disembark this year https://t.co/4bq14ebWpn
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