Record 41,000 migrants have crossed the channel to UK this year!

The number of migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats has now passed 41,000 after hundreds more arrived this weekend.

Around 300 migrants had been taken to Dover harbour so far on Sunday. Border Force vessels and RNLI lifeboats are also responding to a number of other small boat sightings off the Kent coast.

972 people arrived in 22 small boats on Saturday, taking the total number of Channel migrants since the beginning of January to 40,885.

The arrival of another 300 so far today takes the total number so far this year to more than 41,000.

Border Force officials could be seen bringing groups of people into shore at Dover, Kent across the weekend, marking the first arrivals since October 31, following a spell of bad weather.

In 2021, 28,561 migrants crossed the channel to the UK.

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