After an already record 2021, attempts by migrants hoping to reach England to cross the English Channel illegally exploded in the first half of 2022, the Home Office said on Monday, June 20.
between 1Uh January and June 13, 2022 “777 Traversal Events and Traversal Attempts boat 20,132 candidates involved (68% increase compared to the same period in 2021)”according to the ministry.
In 2021, these crossing attempts, usually by inflatable boats from the northern coast between Calais and Dunkirk, reached ” Record”according to figures communicated by Beauvoir Square in January, 52,000 people tried and 28,000 immigrants succeeded.
Asylum seekers deported to Rwanda
“It should be noted that the failure rate is on the rise, with French internal security forces preventing 61.39% of sea crossings (an increase of 4.2 percentage points compared to the rate in 2021) and 10,090 arrests since the beginning of the year (a 65% increase) that year”the Home Office said on Monday.
The United Kingdom continues to be tough on the issue, notably with a very controversial strategy including the deportation to Rwanda of asylum seekers who have arrived illegally on its territory, with which it has signed a decree condemned by NGOs. agreement, and human rights defenders.
Last Tuesday, a decision by the European Court of Human Rights blocked, in extreme circumstances, the first charter flight to transport up to 130 migrants, including Iranians, Iraqis, Albanians or Syrians, to Kigali, UK The government once again endorsed the decision this weekend as “scandal” and “opaque”.