An illegal migrant tries to step into a truck going to Great Britain, in Calais earlier this year Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Migration experts said that Britain is one of the most “attractive” destinations for migrants in the World and suggested that many more illegal immigrants are likely to have successfully made it into Britain.
Lord Green of Deddington, the chairman of Migrationwatch, said: “The sharp rise in the number of clandestines might reflect more effective detection but an increase on this scale is more likely to be due to increased pressure on our borders.
“Part of that may be due to deteriorating conditions in the Middle East and Africa but there is little doubt that the freedom of our society, the existence of a black market in labour and the presence of relatives and friends add up to making the UK a very attractive destination.
“The government are seeking to make it more difficult to live in Britain illegally but it will take some time for recent measures to take effect.”
The figures, disclosed in response to a Freedom of Information request, show that in 2011/12 migrants were caught trying to enter Britain a total of 9,632 times, a figure which by last year had almost doubled reaching 19,003…
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This leaves Britain facing a fresh surge of non-EU migrants if they are related to someone living in the EU, and encourages people who want to exploit Britain’s way of life entering the country.