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Some 300 folks made the journey in 5 boats on Tuesday, suggesting round 60 folks
per vessel.

This takes the provisional total for 2023 to twenty,101, Home Office knowledge exhibits. This is round 20% down on greater than 25,000 this time final 12 months.

There have been 5,369 folks detected up to now this month, in contrast with 8,631 in August 2022. Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper stated: “Rishi Sunak made this his top priority. He told us that his plan was working.

“And yet these figures show that he’s completely failed to get a grip.”

But Mr Sunak urged folks to “have confidence” in his plan as he claimed the decrease variety of Channel crossings in comparison with final 12 months confirmed it was “working”.

This summer time has seen extra unsettled climate in contrast with final 12 months when there was a spike in crossings in August.

  • The Belgian authorities will now not provide shelter for single males in search of asylum, saying it wished “to avoid children ending up in the streets this winter”.

Human rights organisation and assist teams criticised the transfer, which is able to prioritise households.

Amnesty International stated asylum-seekers had crammed shelters virtually to the 33,500 capability.