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Priti Patel in fresh row with France as 853 migrants cross Channel for UK in ONE day | UK | News

The huge figures of migrants are a record number in a single day. With the UK offering more favourable social conditions than other parts of Europe, Britain has become a major destination for migrants and traffickers alike.

Critics said it was shocking so many trips took place in November as Channel crossings become more dangerous as weather conditions become worse.

Three migrants have died attempting to make it to the UK this week.

Government insiders claim that French officials are too busy arguing over Brexit fishing licences to stop small boats departing their coastline for England.

The Home Office yesterday confirmed 853 migrants arrived on Wednesday.

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Whitehall insiders accused Paris of “diverting political resources” away from the fight against traffickers to the fishing row.

A source said: “It means the French system isn’t as focused on this as it should be. They seem to have lost control of their own shoreline and they can’t provide rational explanations of what they are trying to do to stop it.

“It does seem now they are actively playing politics with people’s lives.”

Last week France backed down over threats to disrupt British trawlers and energy supplies.

The new record means 21,051 migrants have arrived in the UK so far in 2021 — dwarfing the 8,410 who made the treacherous trip last year.

Yesterday the Home Office also said French authorities prevented 975 migrants from crossing.

Dover MP Natalie Elphicke slammed the French for not doing more.

She said: “Month after month lives are being lost in the English Channel. This is not just tragic, it is wholly avoidable if the French stepped up to the plate and stopped boats leaving in the first place.

“Traffickers will continue to ply their disgusting trade while they are able to do so. It is the responsibility of all civilised countries to put a stop to it.”

Enver Solomon, chief executive of the Refugee Council, which supports migrants, said: “These tragic deaths are truly shocking and should make the government urgently rethink its approach.”

A study by the London School of Economics stated that illegal migrants living in the UK oscillate between 417,000 and 863,000.

This figure includes a population of UK-born children ranging between 44,000 and 144,000.

Many of the illegal migrants are fleeing poor humanitarian conditions, conflict and persecution from Africa and West Asia.

The UK recently promised to take on 20,000 Afghan refugees following the US and allied retreat from the country this year.

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