Migrant crossings in numbers – 3X as many people reach UK in 2021 compared to last year


The people who attempt to cross into the UK come from some of the poorest countries in the world, including Yemen, Sudan and Iraq.

Often they are looking to escape conflict, persecution and poverty to seek a better life for themselves and their families.

Under international law, people have the right to seek asylum in whichever country they arrive and there is no rule that stipulates you must seek this in the first safe country you come across.

Currently, the UK and France are coordinating resources to help prevent migrants from reaching the UK.

In July, the UK announced it would give France £54 million between 2021-22 to help combat the issue.



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