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Highest daily total of migrant crossings recorded this year

An estimated 711 migrant crossings were recorded on the English Channel on Wednesday, making it the highest number on a single day this year.

The latest Home Office figures have shown a rise in the number of migrants arriving by small boats, which has now put the total at 8,278, this year.

This indicates a 34% increase from last year’s figures, which totalled at a number of 6,192 migrants.

In the past week, figures have shown a drastic change in detected migrants.

On Monday, 132 migrants were recorded to be crossing the English Channel.

This increased by 579 on Wednesday, after 711 migrant crossings were recorded.

Throughout the week, figures brought the total to 1,611.

The small boats carrying these migrants, were also recorded by the Home Office.

On Saturday, 8 boats were recorded to have crossed the English Channel.

This was almost doubled on Wednesday, with 14 recorded.

We must get flights to Rwanda off the ground as soon as possible

A Home Office spokesperson said: “The unacceptable number of people who continue to cross the Channel demonstrates exactly why we must get flights to Rwanda off the ground as soon as possible.”

“We continue to work closely with French police who are facing increasing violence and disruption on their beaches as they work tirelessly to prevent these dangerous, illegal and unnecessary journeys.”

“We remain committed to building on the successes that saw arrivals drop by more than a third last year, including tougher legislation and agreements with international partners, in order to save lives and stop the boats.”