A former Ministry of Defense base in Thanet, used for processing asylum seekers, is said to have reached full capacity.

The former Fire Defense Training and Development Center in Manston was repurposed to process people hoping to seek asylum in the UK and launched earlier this year.

The former Defense Fire Brigade Training and Development Center in Manston is now used as a processing center for asylum seekers. Photo: UKNIP

But it has now appeared that the site has reached full capacity, according to GB News.

It comes as latest MoD figures show 21 boats were intercepted yesterday carrying 1,150 people.

It is the third highest daily figure in 2022 and brings the total to have crossed the Channel so far this year to 31,665.

Authorities have since erected additional tents in the port of Dover to protect asylum seekers while they are processed by Border Force officers.

Meanwhile, a Kent MP is seeking to meet the new Home Secretary to discuss the continuing problem of small boats crossing the Channel.

More than 31,000 asylum seekers have crossed the Channel this year
More than 31,000 asylum seekers have crossed the Channel this year

Damian Collins, whose Folkestone and Hythe constituency often sees boats carrying asylum seekers disembark, hopes to discuss the controversial subject with Suella Braverman after her appointment as Home Office.

His request comes as thousands continue to make the perilous sea journey from the French coast to Kent, despite repeated government promises to clamp down on the route.

It has now been more than five months since Boris Johnson and former Home Secretary Priti Patel announced plans to send migrants to Rwanda in an attempt to dissuade people from crossing the English Channel.

On April 14, Ms Patel signed what she described as a “world first” agreement with Rwanda, under which the East African country would take in migrants considered by the UK to have arrived “ illegally” and therefore inadmissible under the new immigration rules.

But the first deportation flight – which was due to take off on June 14 – was stalled amid legal challenges.

Several asylum seekers, the Public and Commercial Services Union and charities Care4Calais, Detention Action and Asylum Aid, are embroiled in legal cases with the Home Office as they challenge the legality of the policy.

Since the Rwanda deal was signed, 26,397 people have arrived in the UK on small boats.

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