About 1,000 people crossed the Channel by boat to reach the UK yesterday, a new record for migrant Channel crossings in a single day.
Four Border Force vessels intercepted boats that were spotted off the coast and escorted them into Dover.
Three people are feared lost at sea as two kayaks were found adrift near Calais, French authorities said. A Whitehall source accused France of losing control of the situation.
The Home Office said British people did not want to see people die in the Channel as ruthless gangs profit.
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More than 23,000 people have made the crossing from France to the UK by boat so far this year, a sharp rise on the 8,404 in 2020 - and far more than in years before the pandemic, when most asylum seekers arrived by plane, ferry or train.
According to authorities in France, the three people that are unaccounted for were reported missing by other migrants. Others have also been reported missing in recent weeks, and two people have been confirmed to have died.
UK officials say they want to stop the Channel crossings - describing them as dangerous and unnecessary.
A Home Office spokesperson said the number of migrant crossings on Thursday was "unacceptable". The previous record was 853 people crossing on 3 November.
"The British public have had enough of seeing people die in the Channel while ruthless criminal gangs profit from their misery and our New Plan for Immigration will fix the broken system which encourages migrants to make this lethal journey," the spokesperson said.
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posted 2021-11-12 11:00:21