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Hordes of illegal migrants overrun the UK in 2021

Hordes of illegal migrants overrun the UK in 2021
Hordes of illegal migrants overrun the UK in 2021
Written by Harry Johnson

November alone saw 6,869 people arrive illegally on British shores, as weather conditions proved favorable, allowing a record-breaking 1,185 individuals to encroach in a single day.

The latest UK government’s figures show that 2021 saw a significant spike in people smugglers transporting individuals illegally across one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes into Great Britain.

More than 28,000 illegal migrants traveled in small boats across the English Channel from France to the United Kingdom in 2021, more than triple the previous year’s numbers.

At least 28,395 migrants reached the UK in 2021, according to the PA’s analysis. The BBC counted that there were at least 28,431 people. The number more than tripled the 2020 figure, as the issue of individuals traveling across the Channel became a significant point of contention between Great Britain and France.

November alone saw 6,869 people arrive illegally on British shores, as weather conditions proved favorable, allowing a record-breaking 1,185 individuals to encroach in a single day.

Relations between the UK and France have become tense as each side blames the other for the continued flow of illegal migrants. During 2021, French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly called UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson “a clown” in private, while Britain publicly condemned Paris over the migrant crisis.

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In a letter released in December, French Prime Minister Jean Castex rejected a UK proposal for a dual nation patrol in the Channel to combat migration.

Dismissing Britain’s idea, Castex arrogantly argued that having UK “police or soldiers patrol on our coasts” would potentially violate France’s “sovereignty,” while it is perfectly obvious that French police and soldiers are not capable of patrolling “their coasts.”

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Harry Johnson

Harry Johnson has been the assignment editor for eTurboNews for mroe than 20 years. He lives in Honolulu, Hawaii, and is originally from Europe. He enjoys writing and covering the news.

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France, this seems to be wholly one-sided and best disregarded. I would expect a higher quality of reporting from the turbo news.

I found this to be a very negative and patronising article.
Using the word hordes brings to mind medieval Huns, Vikings and other invading hooligans and not desperate people looking for a better life for themselves and theirchildren. I am in no way in favour of people smugglers, particularly as those feed on the misery of the migrants and their badly equipped crafts often lead to capsize in the waters of the choppy Channel, but this article to me is not conveying news but rather staring up anti-migrant feelings, a strategy which in the end is not going to help solve this particular problem anyway. As for the comments on France, these seem to be wholly one-sided, in the best tradition of French- bashing and are best disregarded. I would expect a higher quality of reporting from Eturbo news.

Simon Steyne

This is an appalling piece, using xenophobic tropes such as “hordes” and “overrun” (28k people overrunning a country of 70 million?) that are worthy of Trump. The evidence is that the vast majority of these human beings, including women and children (among them many unaccompanied children) are seeking asylum in Britain (often because they already have family members there) and are are using the irregular cross Channel route because they cannot apply for asylum in the U.K. from outside the U.K. and there are no safe passage routes available to them to reach the U.K. Most have already endured great danger to even reach the Channel coast of France. The numbers have increased this year but are still a trickle compared to the numbers seeking asylum from conflict and persecution in France, Germany, Spain and Italy and in the states – such as Turkey, Lebanon and Pakistan, which neighbour their home countries from which they’ve been forced to flee. The U.K. government is failing to meet its obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention and has already shown its willingness to violate the law of the sea. This is not “reporting” – it is, at best, an opinion piece that ignores the reason why people seek asylum and the absence of safe routes for them to do so.

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