401 migrants arrive on Monday, the highest in a single day for 2024 as government claims new deal with France will stop the boats

More than 400 migrants arrived in the UK on Monday on the busiest day of the year so far for Channel crossings.

Home Office figures show 401 people made the journey in seven boats. This is the highest number recorded in a single day for 2024 to date and suggests an average of around 41 people per boat.

It comes after 327 migrants crossed the Channel on Sunday in eight boats, meaning 728 people were recorded arriving within 48 hours.

The latest crossings take the provisional total number of UK arrivals so far this year to 2,983.

More than 300 migrants arrived in the UK after crossing the Channel on Sunday as a seven-year-old girl drowned while trying to make the journey.

The child had been travelling with her pregnant mother, her father and three siblings in a boat carrying 16 people when she died after it capsized, according to the French coastguard.

The second highest daily total recorded to date in 2024 was 358 migrants arriving on January 17 in eight boats.

The figures suggest more than 40,000 migrants have arrived in the UK since Rishi Sunak became Prime Minister in October 2022, with over 72,000 arrivals recorded since the Rwanda deal was signed six months earlier.

It comes as Downing Street insisted a new customs partnership led by Britain and France will make a difference to small boat crossings.

Asked whether the agreement would change anything, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “Yes. The UK and France have agreed a new customs partnership to disrupt the supply chain of small boats materials. That obviously builds on the work that we already do to prevent small boat launches from northern France.”

Number 10 insisted the UK’s joint work with France is “already delivering”, with more than 26,000 crossing attempts prevented in 2023 at an interception rate of 47%.

Asked whether Rishi Sunak was sorry for being unable to deliver on his pledge to stop the boats, his spokesman said: “The PM is focused on making further progress to to reducing small boat crossings.”