Priti Patel's 'Crackdown': Staggering 1,619 Illegal Immigrants enter UK in May

Over 1,600 illigel immigrants arrived in the UK from across the Channel in the past month - more than double last year's total for May.

A staggering 500 were brought in over the final four days of last month alone.

This is despite Home Secretary, Priti Patel's announcement of an immigration crackdown in March, and following an agreement with the French authorities to crack down and effectively stop migrant crossings by last spring.

Patel had vowed to make illegal immigration across the Channel 'unviable', yet numbers are continuing to soar.

Home Office sources are blaming the French for not doing enough to stop the crossings and intercept boats before they even set sail, despite being handed a £28million fund of UK taxpayers' money to do so.

In March this year, Priti Patel claimed people who come to the UK via unauthorised routes - such as crossing the Channel in small boats - would be given far 'fewer privileges' than others arriving in Britain.

However, the most recent figures to last summer show that just 3% of arrivals are returned to mainland Europe.  

Friday was the busiest day of the year so far with 336 'migrants' reaching Britain aboard 19 dinghies and other small boats.

At present, most of the illegal immigrants who arrive in Kent are initially housed at a former army barracks in Folkestone which was set on fire in a riot over conditions in January amid a coronavirus outbreak. 

Now, Border Force workers have warned that the soaring numbers of crossing will lead to 'mob unrest' in crowded accommodation centres.

In total, May saw 1,619 migrants make the illegal journey from northern France - up 118% on the 741 who arrived in May last year.

From January to May 2021, the total number of migrants to reach the UK stands at 3,727 - up 115% on the running total at the same point last year.

During the whole of 2020, 8,410 illegal immigrants reached the UK.

If arrivals continue at the same accelerated rate for the rest of 2021, it could mean an annual total of nearly 18,000.

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