A record 102 migrants have attempted to cross the English Channel today, just one day after 90 asylum seekers including 15 children reached British shores.As Noonsite notes,
Five inflatable boats carrying individuals claiming to be from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria were picked up by Border Force, the Home Office said.
Nine migrants managed to get to a beach in Kent where they were detained by police before being transferred to Home Office officials.
Photo from May 2019
The 102 migrants - who included seven children - are believed to be a new record for a single day. The crossings come after 90 people were picked up on Thursday and as Britain braces for winds of up to 80mph and heavy rain when Storm Ciara hits.
"Men, women and children risk everything to cross this narrow gap of water, probably one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world and at this time of year, near-freezing conditions."So what kind of hell-holes are they willing to risk so much to get away from? I guess the country names says it all.
More info on historical patterns of the attempted Channel crossings House of Commons Library: