In 2021 during this same period, 11,300 crossings were referenced in the English Channel to reach England from France. The numbers have almost doubled.
It looks like we are heading for a new record. The number of migrants who have crossed the English Channel to England since the start of the year has exceeded 20,000, despite successive plans by the UK government to try to stop it, figures showed on Sunday.
The total since the beginning of the year is now 20,017 against 11,300 on the same date last year according to the PA agency count.
In 2021, 28,500 people thus arrived in the United Kingdom, marking a new record since the surge in these crossings in 2018 in the face of the increasing lockdown of the French port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel. A recent UK parliamentary report estimates the total this year could reach 60 000.
According to the British Ministry of Defence, 607 people made the dangerous crossing of this passage with very heavy maritime traffic on Saturday August 13, 2022, one of the highest figures this year. Over the past ten days, nearly a hundred shipwrecked people have been rescued by the French authorities in the Strait of Pas-de-Calais.
The Channel and North Sea prefecture recalls that “this maritime sector is one of the most provoked areas in the world, the weather conditions are often difficult“with”120 days of wind greater than or equal to force 7 on an annual average, for example“.
It is a “particularly dangerous” sector and she warns “anyone who plans to cross the Channel of the risks involved”.