The migrant crisis in the English Channel has turned into a “national humiliation” according to Brexit leader Nigel Farage, as over 15,000 illegal migrants have landed on British shores since the start of the year.
On Friday, another 174 migrants successfully reached the United Kingdom after travelling in small boats from France, following 222 on Thursday and 85 on Wednesday.
The Home Office claimed that French officials managed to stop an additional 267 migrants from making the journey during the same time period, the BBC reported.
The latest crossings bring the total number of confirmed illegal migrants to approximately 15,100, compared to 8,400 for the entire year of 2020 and 1,890 in 2019.
The true number is likely to be much higher, as it does not account for those believed to be child migrants — sometimes adults with no papers claiming to be just under 18 — or those who evaded Britain’s Border Force and disappear into the country undetected.