Published On: Tue, Jul 20th, 2021
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English Channel Crossings Continue as Numbers Approach 2020 Recordon July 20, 2021 at 3:00 pm

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People continued to risk making the perilous journey across the English Channel to the UK on Tuesday, with numbers for 2021 now approaching the entire figure for 2020. More than 8,000 migrants have succeeded in making the dangerous trip so far this year, according to data analysis by the PA news agency. Men, women, and children, many of whom have fled violence, torture, and persecution, regularly set off from France packed on board unseaworthy dinghies, often after paying people smugglers. On Monday, at least 430 people, including women and young children, made the journey, a new record for a single day. High numbers of migrants continue to risk their lives in their bid to cross the 21-mile Dover Strait, despite Home Secretary Priti Patel’s vow to make the route “unviable.” More people reached Britain on Tuesday, with multiple beach landings at Dungeness, and others arriving at Dover, further along the …

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