Macron’s boat migrants to UK hit an all-time record high

Rishi Sunak’s pledge to “stop the boats” is already sinking this year

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Yesterday the UK Home Office revealed the record numbers of illegal migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats from France. The number in the first three months of this year (2024) has now exceeded the totals in each of the previous six years for the same period since records began in 2018.

With PM Rishi Sunak making it one of his five pledges, and with him boasting earlier this year of numbers having dropped, the latest figures make a mockery of his many statements.

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Illegal boat crossings from France, 2018-2024

From 01 Jan to 26 March each year

  • 2018 : 7
  • 2019 : 157
  • 2020 : 465
  • 2021 : 1,134
  • 2022 : 4,162
  • 2023 : 3,770
  • 2024 : 4,644

[Source: UK Home Office, 27 Mar 2024.]

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Cumulative numbers are now about to exceed 120,000

Below we show the cumulative total of those who have left President Macron’s France since records began in 2018.

These have been increasing yet again, with 1,115 in the last seven days alone.

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Almost 120,000 of Macron's migrants in six years

  • 2018 : 299
  • 2019 : 1,843
  • 2020 : 8,462
  • 2021 : 28,526
  • 2022 : 45,755
  • 2023 : 29,437

[Source: UK Home Office, 27 Mar 2024.]

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Unfortunately the numbers above are but one element of the immigration problem being faced by the UK and many other countries. So-called ‘legal immigration’ has also been running at record levels.

One of the differences with illegal migration is the terrorist threat. When these migrants toss their identity papers and mobile phones into the water before they are picked up and transported to the southern shores of the United Kingdom, this leaves our security services with a problem.

Readers may be interested to know that the previous EU Commission President (Jean-Claude Juncker) put the direct annual cost of each migrant into the EU at €250k. Our team disagreed.

Juncker’s figure was mostly for accommodation and subsistence. This did not account for the massive costs now being experienced by member states for all the extra policing and monitoring by security services. Nor did it cover the legal costs for asylum claims, or costs such as translators in schools and hospitals, etc. Recently hundreds of German mayors simply refused to take in any more as they didn’t have the resources to deal with them.

In the UK we would need to quintuple the budget for the security services, to attempt to keep tabs on a massive and growing number of suspects. This simply hasn’t happened.

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[ Sources: UK Home Office ] Politicians and journalists can contact us for details, as ever.

Brexit Facts4EU.Org, Thurs 28 Mar 2024

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