4 Jan 2022

Numbers crossing Channel to UK in small boats tripled in 2021

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

New figures show that more than 28,300 people made the perilous Channel crossing from France to England last year – triple that of the year before.

There was also a substantial rise in the number of people trying to get into the European Union – up 60% on the previous year to over 180,000.

Although two years of Covid have had an impact and the rising numbers mean world leaders are faced with some tough decisions in 2022.