More than 20,000 migrant boats have already landed in 2022, double that of 2021

The number of illegal migrants by boat who have entered Britain via the English Channel is now twice as high as at the same time last year.

More than 20,000 migrants have now crossed the English Channel illegally in small boats so far in 2022, a figure that is just under double the number who made the crossing by this time last year.

According to a report by The Telegrapha total of 20,017 migrants landed in Britain last Saturday, with official Home Office statistics indicating a further 283 made the dangerous crossing in six separate vessels on Sunday.

This represents an increase of almost 10,000 migrants on last year’s figure, with the publication reporting that around 11,300 had made the journey last year as of August 15.

Notably, this figure does not include migrants by boat who disembark in Britain undetected or migrants who reach Britain by other illicit means, such as hiding in vehicles or overstaying. visas.

Also noted by The Telegraph is the fact that around 15,000 of this year’s boat arrivals have landed in Britain after it was announced that some migrants who entered Britain illegally would be sent to Rwanda and allowed to seek asylum there , with Home Secretary Priti Patel’s insane plan now appearing to provide little deterrent to would-be economic migrants considering coming to the UK.

Nevertheless, the program has been blamed by Irish authorities for the sudden and massive increase in the number of migrants seeking asylum in their country – although no Irish politician seems to have dared to speculate that this increase could more reasonably be attributed to near total coverage. amnesty program for illegal migrants launched in the country earlier this year.

While the plan to send migrants by boat to Rwanda appears to have been ineffective in stemming the wave of migration, Britain is by no means the only country to see a sudden surge in arrivals.

Having previously mentioned Ireland as a new hotspot for migrants, Italy has also seen another big increase in the number of illegals landing by boat in the state, with more than 45,000 arriving in the country so far. , compared to 32,533 who made the trip at that time. Last year.

Of those, 13,197 landed in July alone – the highest number of arrivals in a month since 2017.

Things don’t seem to be slowing down this month either, with more than 4,230 people arriving in the country this month as of August 12.

The influx of migrants is likely to only further fuel the popularity of populist parties in the country, a coalition of which is now set to return home in the country’s next general election in September.

“We look forward to returning to government to take care of Italy’s work, security and defense,” said former Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini, whose Lega party is set to become a member of the new country’s government if the polls are accurate. — said earlier regarding the situation of migrants.

“We need a minister ready to defend the borders, we have to out of respect for the Italians in difficulty,” he continued.

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