UK authorities had to deal with another onslaught of illegal migrants attempting to cross the English Channel this weekend.
Border Force officials intervened in six incidents on Sunday involving 212 people, while French authorities reported seven interceptions and prevented a further 238 people from reaching the UK.
These latest figures were released as the government announced harsher prison sentences for migrants who try to get to the UK in small unseaworthy boats, as well as the people-smugglers who arrange the crossings.
So far this year, record numbers of people have made the perilous journey across the English Channel with nearly 6,000 reaching Britain in the first six months of 2021.
The 2020 total of 8,417 illegal migrants could be easily past within two months if the number of crossings seen in July and August last year are repeated.
Clandestine Channel Threat Commander Dan O’Mahoney said:
“We are seeing an unacceptable rise in dangerous and unnecessary small boat crossings because illegal migration across Europe has led to a significant increase of migrants in northern France seeking to enter the UK illegally.
At the weekend the Home Office announced stricter enforcements for migrants and people smugglers as part of the Nationality and Borders Bill, which will have its first reading in the Commons on Tuesday. The proposed legislation intends to make it a criminal offence to knowingly arrive in the UK without permission, with the maximum prison sentence for entering the country unlawfully rising from 6-months to 4-years.