Migrants wave the middle finger as the number of people crossing the Channel this year passes 13,000

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Migrants wave the middle fingers at onlookers on the French coast as they climb aboard a British boat as the total number of people crossing the Channel this year passes 13,000

  • A group of 40 migrants left France on a small boat from the French town of Gravelines on the north coast
  • Little children in red life jackets were led to boats by adults trying the dangerous route
  • The migrants were seemingly undeterred by the Tories’ vocal support for Priti Patel .’s Rwanda policy

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A group of 40 migrants, including young children, set out on an inflatable boat today for Britain from France – as the Channel Crossings passed 13,000 this year.

On the French coast near Gravelines, small children wearing red life jackets were spotted before attempting to cross the English Channel.

One migrant even snapped a finger at the photographer documenting the departure.

The inflatable boat was overcrowded and it is unclear whether it made it across the water.

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Children were led by parents to undertake the perilous journey.

A migrant snapped a finger at the photographer who documented the July 11, 2022 departure

Small children with red life jackets were spotted on the French coast at Gravelines

Small children with red life jackets were spotted on the French coast at Gravelines

Children were led by parents to undertake the perilous journey

Children were led by parents to undertake the perilous journey

The inflatable boat was very full and it is unclear whether it made it across the water

The inflatable boat was very full and it is unclear whether it made it across the water

The migrants have not been deterred by the fact that all declared candidates in the conservative leadership race have said they would uphold Boris Johnson’s deportation policy in Rwanda if they become prime minister.

Home Secretary Priti Patel was one of the few ministers not to sensationally resign from office earlier this week, prompting Johnson’s downfall and rumored to be considering becoming prime minister herself.

On Wednesday, 166 migrants had to be rescued by French authorities after their dinghies ran into problems off the coast in a number of incidents between Calais, Boulogne and Le Touquet.

They were returned to French ports and handed over to the Border Police.

The official total held so far this year by the border forces after making the treacherous crossing in small boats has now reached 13,103 in nearly 400 boats.

People were seen who appeared to be the leavers leading the migrants to get the boat into the water

People were seen who appeared to be the leavers leading the migrants to get the boat into the water

About 40 migrants, of various origins, carry an inflatable boat to the water before attempting to illegally cross the Channel into Britain

About 40 migrants, of various origins, carry an inflatable boat to the water before attempting to illegally cross the Channel into Britain

Women and children were seen on the boat as it was sent into the English Channel this Monday morning

Women and children were seen on the boat as it was sent into the English Channel this Monday morning

Children were carried by adults before boarding to make the perilous journey across the Channel

Children were carried by adults before boarding to make the perilous journey across the Channel

The new departures in calm and sunny weather come despite joint French and British efforts to disrupt people-smuggling gangs.

The new departures in calm and sunny weather come despite joint French and British efforts to disrupt people-smuggling gangs.

Today’s numbers are yet to be confirmed.

The new departures in calm and sunny weather come despite joint French and British efforts to disrupt people-smuggling gangs.

Attempts by Britain to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda for processing – which are intended as a deterrent – have been blocked by legal action.

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According to government figures, 28,526 people made the trip in 2021 – compared to 8,410 who arrived in 2020.

France claims its security forces have prevented 61 percent of crossings this year, up 4.2 percent from last year.

A government spokesperson said at the time: ‘The increase in dangerous Channel crossings is unacceptable.

“Not only are they an open violation of our immigration laws, but they also risk lives and hinder our ability to help refugees who come to the UK via safe and legal routes.

“The Nationality and Borders Act allows us to crack down on the abuse of the system and the malicious smugglers, who are now sentenced to a maximum penalty of life in prison.

“As part of our new partnership for migration and economic development with Rwanda, we are continuing preparations to relocate those making dangerous, unnecessary and illegal journeys to the UK so that their claims can be considered and their lives restored. built up.’

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