Over 500 migrants intercepted crossing the Channel in nine boats, according to statistics

Nine boats have been intercepted carrying a total of 537 migrants crossing the English Channel on Saturday, according to the latest Home Office figures.

While the total number of crossings for the year is down on last year’s figures, currently sitting at 24,830, numbers are still up on 2021, when 17,085 had made the dangerous crossing by September 30.

The latest journeys across the shipping lanes of the Channel come despite the death of a woman earlier this week.

Her body was found on a beach near Calais, France, on Tuesday and is being investigated by French police.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) has charged Sudanese national Howmalow Mawumd-Duop, 21, with facilitating illegal immigration following the death.

Home Secretary Suella Braverman stepped up her rhetoric this week on immigration by predicting there will be a “disintegration in our society” if action is not taken to curb the number of migrants arriving in Britain by small boats.

In a speech to a centre-right think tank in Washington DC, Mrs Braverman warned the West faces an “existential” threat if countries are not able to control their borders from unauthorised arrivals.

Senior Tory MPs have criticised Tuesday’s speech, singling out her comments arguing that being discriminated against for being gay or a woman should not grant a person refugee status in the UK.

Net migration is set to hit more than one million over two years for the first time on record, according to official figures to be published this autumn.

The surge has been fuelled by more than 1.4 million migrants being granted visas primarily from outside the EU to enter the UK to work, study or escape conflict or oppression.

Braverman is pushing for the Prime Minister to make a crackdown on legal migration and make the solution a key part of his future plans

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