Watch: More than 45,000 migrants crossed the Channel to the UK in 2022

Watch: More than 45,000 migrants crossed the Channel to the UK in 2022

A record 45,756 migrants crossed the Channel to the UK in small boats in 2022, new Government figures show.

The figures reveal crossings have risen by more than 60% since 2021, when 28,526 people made the perilous journey.

The last 12 months that have seen politicians make a series of attempts to get a handle on the migrant crisis - amid a tumultuous change in leadership which saw three prime ministers and three home secretaries.