Record number of migrants cross English Channel in single day as hundreds more arrive

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Data from the Ministry of Defence shows 696 people made the journey from the continent in 14 boats on Monday.

More than 17,000 people have arrived in the UK in small boats in 2022 after making the treacherous crossing, navigating busy shipping lanes from France.

Only one other day this year has the total number of crossings topped 600.

The previous highest number was 651 recorded on April 13.

Yesterday’s record on August 1 comes after July saw the highest monthly total of crossings this year, with 3,683 migrants putting their lives at risk on 90 small boats.

Both Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss have vowed to decrease the number of people making it across the Channel if they are the next Prime Minister.

Last week, Mr Sunak, who is the son of immigrants who moved to the UK in the 1960s, said it was “absolutely critical that we have control of our borders”.

He said: “This country has a proud history of welcoming people but it’s also vital that we’re in control of who’s coming here.

“And, sadly, there is an illegal set of criminal gangs who were causing people to die in pursuit of coming here. We must stop that.”

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