Record 40,000 migrants have crossed the Channel so far this year

12 November 2022, 19:42

Around 100 migrants are thought to have arrived today
Around 100 migrants are thought to have arrived today. Picture: Getty

By Adam Solomons

The unprecedented number includes 100 migrants taken ashore on Saturday, eyewitnesses and rescuers said.

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More than 40,000 migrants have made the perilous journey across the Channel this year, the highest number since the Border Force began tracking arrivals in 2018.

In 2020, just 8,000 crossed the Channel. Last year, the figure was 28,526.

It comes as the government slashed the number of migrants kept at its controversial Manston processing centre in Kent.

The record 40,000 arrivals will be confirmed by the Border Force tomorrow
The record 40,000 arrivals will be confirmed by the Border Force tomorrow. Picture: PA

Up to 4,000 were being held at the site at its peak, despite the detention point being designed for 1,600.

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Around 100 migrants arrived on Saturday, rescuers and eyewitnesses told the BBC.

The Border Force is expected to make the figure official tomorrow.

Rishi Sunak is said to be finalising a deal with French authorities which would see journeys in small boats reduced.

Video also appeared to show migrants in northern France throwing rocks at local police officers who had slashed dinghies.

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