Channel-crossing migrants to UK triple

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The number of illegal immigrants trying to reach UK across Channel triples from 2020 to 2021.
Camera IconThe number of illegal immigrants trying to reach UK across Channel triples from 2020 to 2021. Credit: EPA

Last year, more than three times as many migrants tried to reach Britain from France by crossing the Channel compared to 2020, according to French officials.

There were 1360 attempts made, with 35,382 people on board, dpa learned from officials in Cherbourg on Monday.

French security staff rescued more than 8600 migrants who ran into distress at sea last year.

In 2020, the French authorities registered 868 attempts to cross the Channel with 9551 people involved.

The reports echo British figures, as officials recently said three times as many migrants had reached the country by crossing the Channel by boat, compared to in 2020.

People repeatedly risk crossing the English Channel, venturing out in small rubber dinghies on the perilous journey across the busy shipping lane.

There was an international outcry in November when 27 migrants died trying to make the crossing.

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