Ninety people cross the Channel in small boats on Christmas Day Immigration and Asylum | Daily News Byte

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Ninety people crossed the Channel in two small boats on Christmas Day, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) has confirmed.

That brings the provisional total for migrants making the perilous journey from France to 45,756 during 2022, the highest total since data was first collected in 2018. According to official figures, last year the total was 28,526.

Those who arrived on Sunday were taken to the Western Jet Foil Processing Center in Dover, Kent, the MoD said.

On December 14, four people died when a small boat capsized in the channel. An inquest into their deaths heard last week that the men, whose identities have yet to be confirmed, are believed to be of Afghan and Sengli heritage. The last small boat crossing before yesterday was recorded on December 21.

Earlier this month, the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, announced various measures aimed at tackling the issue. The plans include 700 staff for a unit to monitor small boats crossing the Channel, and legislation to ensure people entering the UK illegally do not have the right to stay.

Amid condemnation from Labor MPs last week, the High Court also ruled that the government’s intention to deport UK asylum seekers to Rwanda was legal.

But ministers are also trying to curb the number of people coming into the country legally. Under plans drawn up by the Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, the number of international students who can apply for graduate visas after completing their studies will be restricted.

The move could make it more difficult for foreign students to bring dependents with them. The immigration minister, Robert Jenrick, has previously signaled that the rules around student dependents are “amenable to reform”.

He claimed that some were attending UK universities as a “backdoor way to bring their families to the UK”.

Draft proposals According to the Times, the government is also exploring the possibility of raising the minimum income limit for British nationals applying for family visas. Currently, couples must earn at least £18,600 and show evidence that they can cover the costs of the children they wish to bring to the UK.

A government spokesman said: “No one should risk their lives by making dangerous and illegal journeys.

“We will continue to take on the gangs that operate this, using every tool at our disposal to stop illegal migration and disrupt the business model of people smugglers.”


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