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Crossings continue… Record number of Channel migrants


The crew lifted at least two babies from the beached lifeboat as at least 18 migrants disembarked. One injured migrant was carried away on a stretcher.

The latest arrivals come after Home Secretary Priti Patel had threatened to withdraw £54million in funding to France over its perceived failure to stop dinghies setting off.

Following Ms Patel’s warning, French authorities have managed to stop half of all crossings – up from the 30 percent recorded between July 20, when the deal was struck, and September 7.

The numbers who landed yesterday have not been released, but the Home Office said 174 migrants in six boats arrived on Friday, taking the total so far this year to 15,116, compared with last year’s record of 8,420.

Figures also showed 100 migrants who were removed from the UK have made it back for a second time – and been granted asylum status.

The tally of “boomerang refugees” over the past two years shows one person a week is granted asylum after having originally been returned home.

The Home Office figures show in the past two years 89 managed to make their way back into the country to lodge a second successful claim.

A rapid increase in second-time lucky refugees began in the second half of 2019 as smugglers started using small boats more frequently to get people across the Channel.

In the 18 months to the end of 2020 there were 77 such applicants, compared with 31 in the previous period.

They have come from Libya, Somalia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Iraq, Bangladesh, China and Pakistan.

In one case, a refugee described as “stateless” arrived in 2013, but their application was rejected.

They were returned to Italy, where they entered the EU, in May 2017, but incredibly they were back in the UK the next day and lodged a second application which was then granted.

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