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Migrant Numbers Reach Record Total As Small Boats Cross the English Channel

14th July 2020
UK Waters: The Home Office said at least 480 migrants attempted to cross the English Channel on Sunday, where AFLOAT adds above is a UK Border Force Coastal Patrol Cutter (CPV) Eagle. The agency has staff at airports and ports among them a base in the Port of Dover. The next busiest ferryport in the UK is Holyhead, Wales where Afloat tracked just over a month ago another such craft, CPV Active which departed Liverpool to arrive at Holyhead Boatyard. Also in port were a pair of Royal Navy 'Archer' class training boats, HMS Biter (P270) and HMS Charger (P292) which departed Holyhead Marina in the west of the harbour and when bound for Liverpool. Today another Archer class HMS Tracker (P274) is berthed at the facility. UK Waters: The Home Office said at least 480 migrants attempted to cross the English Channel on Sunday, where AFLOAT adds above is a UK Border Force Coastal Patrol Cutter (CPV) Eagle. The agency has staff at airports and ports among them a base in the Port of Dover. The next busiest ferryport in the UK is Holyhead, Wales where Afloat tracked just over a month ago another such craft, CPV Active which departed Liverpool to arrive at Holyhead Boatyard. Also in port were a pair of Royal Navy 'Archer' class training boats, HMS Biter (P270) and HMS Charger (P292) which departed Holyhead Marina in the west of the harbour and when bound for Liverpool. Today another Archer class HMS Tracker (P274) is berthed at the facility. Photo: Trinity House-twitter

Migrants in record numbers, reports BBC News, have crossed the [English] Channel on the day the home secretary announced a "new operation approach" to dealing with small boat crossings.

The Home Office said 180 migrants made the crossing to the UK on Sunday in 15 boats.

More than 200 migrants were also intercepted by the French authorities and prevented from making the crossing.

Another 32 migrants crossed the Channel in four small boats on Monday, the Home Office has confirmed.

So far this year 2,660 people have made the crossing to the Kent and Sussex coast from France in small boats.

The previous highest number to get to the UK in a single day was 166 on 3 June.

For more here on the illegal trade of people-trafficking. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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