200 Migrants Cross English Channel In Worst-Ever Day for Border Force

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200 Migrants Cross English Channel In Worst-Ever Day for Border Force

Sunday: One migrant tried to reach Britain in a pedalo stolen from a French beach.

He was among 200 stopped by Border Force teams on the worst day on record for illegal Channel crossing bids.

 

“Many migrants see it as a ‘now or never’ moment before the UK government cracks down on crossings,” a source said.

“They fear there will be a major push to curb the attempts and see July as their best opportunity,” they added.

The migrants reportedly put to sea in as many as 40 vessels, many small inflatables dropped off by so-called “mother ships”.

The influx followed 65 migrants in five boats — “58 males and seven females”, arriving on Saturday, and 125 migrants on nine boats arriving on Friday.

The Government’s record on deporting illegal migrants from France — few of whom, if any, have any legitimate grounds to claim asylum in Britain, having travelled through a safe, first world, European Union member-state to get there, with a mere 155 out of roughly 4,000 illegal arrivals since January having been deported as of early May.

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