Three times as many migrants crossed Channel this year compared to 2020 as a total 28,381 made it to the UK – an average of 78 every single day
Three times as many migrants crossed the Channel by boat this year compared to 2020.
A record-breaking 28,381 people made the perilous journey in 2021 – dwarfing the 8,410 who made the same treacherous trip last year.
They came in at least 1,020 boats which were intercepted by UK authorities in the last 12 months. It means an average of 78 migrants arrived in three boats every day.
By far the busiest month came in November when a staggering 6,869 arrived in 201 boats.
That is more than any previous months since the small boat crisis in the Channel began.
It also saw the record day, when 1,185 migrants arrived in 33 boats on November 11, and the second record day, when 1,131 made the trip in 28 boats five days later.
But November 24 also brought the gravest tragedy in the Channel since migrants started navigating one of the world’s busiest shipping routes by small boat.
At least 27 men, women and children all died after their rapidly deflating dinghy with a broken motor sank in the freezing cold waters.
Only two people are known to have survived the largest loss of life since the current crisis began.
Despite highlighting the dangers of crossing the 21-mile Dover Strait in unsuitable craft, migrants continued to arrive in high numbers throughout December.
This month has seen 1,770 make the treacherous trip in 57 boats – compared to 211 in December last year.
Double that figure arrived on December 16 alone – when 559 made the perilous journey in 19 boats.
They came in at least 1,020 boats which were intercepted by UK authorities in the last 12 months. It means an average of 78 migrants arrived in three boats every day. Pictured: The RNLI bringing in migrants at Dungeness earlier this month
And more arrived in the single days of December 17, 19 and 22 than in the entire month in 2020.
Despite the year starting off relatively quietly for Channel crossings, figures topped 1,000 for the first time in May when 1,619 arrived in 80 boats.
Warm weather in the summer saw more record-breaking months.
A total of 2,179 arrived in 92 boats in June, 3,509 came in 117 boats in July, 3,012 made the treacherous trip on 110 boats in August and a whopping 4,646 made the same journey in 159 boats in September.
October also saw 2,669 migrants arrive in 92 boats as calm conditions at sea continued.