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Asylum Seekers Arriving In UK by Sea Exceed 10,000 This Year

More than ten thousand asylum seekers have arrived in Britain in small boats so far this year, posing a significant challenge for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak ahead of a July fourth national election. Despite a drop in Channel crossings, arrivals increased to ten thousand one hundred seventy people from January to May, compared to the same period last year. Labour's shadow immigration minister criticized Sunak's focus and proposed a new Border Security Command to address people smuggling.
Updated government data revealed on Saturday that over 10,000 asylum seekers have arrived in the UK by small boats this year, highlighting a major issue for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak as a national election looms on July 4.

The arrivals via the dangerous Channel crossing dropped by a third in 2023, but still saw 10,170 people landing on England's southern beaches between January and May 25, up from 7,395 during the same period last year.

Despite announcing the election date, Sunak stated that asylum seekers coming to Britain illegally would not be deported to Rwanda before the vote, casting doubt on this key Conservative policy.

The policy has faced legal challenges for over two years, and the Labour Party, leading in polls, has pledged to scrap it if they win the election.

Labour's shadow immigration minister, Stephen Kinnock, criticized Sunak's efforts, emphasizing the need to tackle broader issues of people smuggling and proposing the creation of a Border Security Command.

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