Migrants cross Channel for 10th consecutive day

Migrants arriving by boat into Dover
Migrants were brought into Dover after a small boat incident in the Channel [PA MEDIA]

Migrants in small boats have crossed the Channel for a 10th consecutive day, Home Office data shows.

Border Force vessels brought people wearing life jackets to shore on Monday.

More than 1,000 people have arrived in the UK by the Channel since May 4, according to official figures.

The provisional total for the year so far is 9,455 as of Sunday.

A total of 29,437 migrants arrived on the Kent coast from France in small boats across the whole of 2023 - about a third fewer than the figure for the previous year.

The English Channel is one of the most dangerous and busiest shipping lanes in the world.

Many migrants come from some of the poorest and most chaotic parts of the world, and many ask to claim asylum once they are picked up by the UK authorities.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak vowed to "stop the boats" as one of five key pledges a year ago.

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