4,000 migrants reach UK this year by crossing English Channel in small boats

Irish Times | Aug 9, 2020 at 7:26 PM
  • More than 4,000 people have reached UK shores this year by risking the dangerous journey across the English Channel in small boats after another significant number of arrivals this weekend.
  • As the number seeking asylum in the UK rises, the home office has asked the navy for help, and a former royal marine has been appointed “clandestine channel threat commander” to make the route across the Dover strait “unviable”.
  • Ms Patel on Saturday appointed a former royal marine, Dan O’Mahoney, as clandestine channel threat commander.