More than 200 people are crossing the Channel to Dover after an 11-day hiatus, reports said

More than 200 people have traveled over the channel Reportedly in small boats to Dover after an alleged 11-day suspension of crossings.

Witnesses saw large groups of people being brought ashore British Border Force officials on Sunday.

The Ministry of Defense (MoD) is aware that a number of events in the English Channel are still ongoing.

However, she did not want to comment on the specific number of arrivals.

The Ministry of Defense took control of migrant operations in April, when the government also announced controversial plans to send some of those attempting to cross the English Channel to Rwanda.

There is believed to have been an 11-day lull in activity around the Channel from April 20-30 when no crossings were recorded as reports of high winds and choppy seas hit.

Two longer gaps of 16 and 13 days without crossings were recorded earlier this year before the deal with Rwanda was announced.

The Ministry of Defense is releasing data on the daily number of detected border crossings retrospectively, confirming Sunday’s official figures on Monday.

A government spokesman said: “The increase in dangerous canal crossings is unacceptable. Not only are they a blatant abuse of our immigration laws, they also impact UK taxpayers, risk lives and our ability to help refugees reach the UK safely and legally.”

The government’s Nationality and Borders Bill – dubbed anti-refugee legislation by campaigners because it criminalizes knowingly entering the UK illegally and includes the power to treat asylum seekers abroad – came into force on Thursday.

In early April, Home Secretary Priti Patel signed an agreement with Rwanda that she described as a “world first”.

The deal will result in the East African nation taking in asylum seekers who have been deemed ineligible by the UK for entering “illegally” under the new immigration rules, but have faced criticism and are already facing legal challenges.

At least 6,693 people have reached the UK since the beginning of the year after navigating busy shipping lanes in small boats from France, according to data compiled by PA.

That’s more than three times what it was a year ago (2,004) at this time and more than six times what it was for the same period in 2020 (1,006).

Typically, there can be periods of several days or weeks without migrant crossings throughout the year, often depending on weather conditions.

The longest period without crossings so far in 2022 was 16 days between January 27 and February 11, a PA analysis of government figures shows. More than 200 people are crossing the Channel to Dover after an 11-day hiatus, reports said

Bobby Allyn

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