How many migrants cross the English Channel in small boats?

A small migrant boat carrying around 30 people has capsized in the English Channel, and some are feared to have drowned.

A record number of migrants have crossed the Channel this way in 2022.

The government has announced a series of new measures to try to bring the numbers down.

In the early hours of Wednesday, rescue teams were sent to help a small boat which had capsized off the coast of Dungeness, 30 miles west of Dover.

The UK coastguard is working with the Royal Navy, Border Force staff and Kent Police in response to the incident.

Overnight temperatures dropped to 1C in Dover, and a yellow weather warning was in place at the time.

There are reports that some people may have drowned but no numbers have been confirmed.

More than 40,000 people have crossed the Channel in small boats in 2022.

This is the highest number since these figures began to be collected in 2018.

In 2021, the total was 28,526 people, while in 2020 it was 8,404.

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