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Number of migrants crossing the English Channel in 2021 is nearly DOUBLE the year before

The number of people who have crossed the English Channel in 2021 so far is almost double compared to 2020, with three months still left in the year.

More than 16,400 people had made the dangerous journey so far this year in small boats, according to available official Home Office data.

Last year's total was more than 8,400, meaning this year's figure to date is closing in on doubling the 2020 total.

More than 16,400 people had made the dangerous journey so far this year in small boats, according to available official Home Office data

On Sunday, a Border Force coastal patrol vessel was seen arriving in Dover full of people as well as a lifeboat with around 40 or 50 people

A group of people thought to be migrants are brought in to Dover, Kent, by Border Force officers

Dan O'Mahoney, clandestine channel threat commander, said: 'The Government is determined to tackle the unacceptable rise in dangerous Channel crossings using every tool at our disposal, at every stage in the journey.

'But this is a complicated issue requiring changes to our laws. The Government's New Plan for Immigration provides the only long term solution to fix the broken system and deliver the change required to tackle criminal gangs and prevent further loss of life.'

There were even more crossings over the weekend.

On Sunday, a Border Force coastal patrol vessel was seen arriving in Dover full of people as well as a lifeboat with around 40 or 50 people, including families and young children, on board.

From 8am to 12.30pm, it was estimated around 150 people had arrived.

Those who were arriving were seen all wearing blue surgical face masks and orange lifejackets 

Later on, a group of people, thought to be migrants, were escorted by police and Border Force officers away from the beach at St Margaret's Bay

Last month, a 27-year-old man from Eritrea died after he and four others jumped overboard as their boat started to sink

In October last year, a Kurdish-Iranian family, including small children, died when their migrant boat sank off the French coast

Those who were arriving were seen all wearing blue surgical face masks and orange lifejackets.

Later on, a group of people, thought to be migrants, were escorted by police and Border Force officers away from the beach at St Margaret's Bay.

They had landed on the beach in a small boat following a number of arrivals from the Channel.

In October last year, a Kurdish-Iranian family, including small children, died when their migrant boat sank off the French coast.

Last month, a 27-year-old man from Eritrea died after he and four others jumped overboard as their boat started to sink.

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