Channel migrants latest: More than 500 crossings over weekend as boats head to Dover

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In total 513 people reached the UK after taking the dangerous route in 15 small boats on Saturday and Sunday.

Numbers have continued to rise, despite the Government unveiling its Rwanda asylum partnership earlier this year which will see illegal immigrants arriving in the UK deported to the African country.

Ministers hoped that the scheme would help deter people from trying to cross the Channel to make it to Britain.

However, flights to remove those here without justification are yet to begin after the European Court of Human Rights intervened in June to block the first plane from taking off.

There are concerns that the number of people making the crossing will continue to rise until the policy is fully operational.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt said the number of crossings were “truly eye-opening” as he called for dealing with the matter to be a top priority for the new Prime Minister.

He told the Daily Mail: “We need to bring this farce to a close.

“Legislation to bring the Rwanda scheme to fruition should be top of the ‘in tray’ when Parliament gets back after summer recess.”

Dover MP Natalie Elphicke added it was important there was an “urgency of getting on with Rwanda and similar schemes”.

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