Migrant crossings reach more than 450 just two weeks into 2022

More than 450 migrants have crossed the Channel in two weeks, new figures show, as around a dozen more people were rescued and brought into Dover today.

A total of 271 migrants were confirmed to have made the perilous crossing on Thursday – bringing the total number of arrivals so far this year to 458. 

The total number of migrant arrivals yesterday was more than entire figure for January last year – when 223 people in 15 boats crossed the Channel in 31 days.

More than 28,381 people crossed the Channel to the UK across the whole of 2021, compared to 8,400 in 2020.

It comes as footage from this morning shows an RNLI lifeboat bringing a group of migrants into Dover in the early hours, when air temperatures were as low as 6C (42F).

Sea temperatures meanwhile were also around 9.5C (49F). Experts say the average person can afford to be in water that cold for ‘between five and ten minutes’ before risking hypothermia.

Meanwhile, around 45 migrants were brought ashore by an RNLI lifeboat at…

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