More than 20,000 people have crossed the English Channel to the UK in small boats this year.
At least 607 people arrived in the UK on Saturday as arrivals in 2022 continue to outpace last year’s pace.
It came as the government was accused by a lawyer of trying to “evil” refugee advocates with the claim of “leftist lawyers”.
The latest arrivals – who passed the danger on 14 boats – bring the total this year to more than 20,000, according to analysis by the PA news agency.
About 60,000 people are expected to pass through the Strait of Dover by 2022, more than double the figure for 2021.
Over the past few years, the Interior Ministry has repeatedly vowed to make the route “impossible”, but the number continues to grow: from 1,843 in 2019 to 28,526 in 2021.
Earlier this year, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced her Rwanda’s leading foreign processing policyhas drawn fierce criticism from charities and human rights groups.
The plan was immediately challenged in the courts and was the first, and so far only, flight to Kigali. grounded in the wake of a last-minute intervention by the European Court of Human Rights.
Despite the growing numbers, the UK’s small yacht population is only a fraction of the number of people arriving in Europe.
Data from the United Nations refugee agency shows that at least 120,441 people have reached Europe via the Mediterranean by land and sea by 2021.