Despite the fact that the fight against irregular immigration is a priority for Johnson, the crossings have not stopped increasing
More of 250 migrants were sighted aboard seven boats in the English Channel on his journey to United Kingdom this Sunday, as reported on Monday by the British Ministry of Defense. Since mid-April, the British Navy has been in charge of controlling illegal crossings in this area.
The number of undocumented immigrants using this route to enter Britain could set a new record this year, after the one registered in 2021.
In total, since last January 1, about 7,000 people have reached British shores by crossing the English Channel aboard precarious boats, according to a count by the PA agency. An amount three times higher than the same period last year.
Although the prime minister, Boris Johnsonhas made the fight against irregular immigration its priority after the Brexitcrossings have not stopped increasing, tripling in 2021, a year marked by the death of 27 migrants in a shipwreck at the end of November.
More than 28,500 people made this dangerous journey in 2021, compared to 8,466 in 2020, 1,843 in 2019 and 299 in 2018, according to the Ministry of the Interior.
To discourage crossings, the British Government introduced into the law a controversial reform of the right of asylum In particular, it plans to send asylum seekers who have arrived illegally in the United Kingdom to Rwanda while their application is being considered.
The new law has been harshly criticized by international organizations for Rwanda being a country of dubious reputation and that the United Kingdom itself asked last year at the UN to investigate for alleged ill-treatment, disappearances, murders and torture. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) lamented last Wednesday that the rule “undermines international laws and practices established for the protection of refugees.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.