On Tuesday alone, at least 183 migrants crossed the Dover Strait, according to the Home Office – the highest daily figure of 2021.
Under the proposals, whether people enter the UK legally or illegally will have an impact on how their asylum claim progresses, and on their status in the UK if that claim is successful.
During the whole of 2020, around 8,400 migrants made the perilous journey to the UK, despite the dangers involved.
The 1,000 mark was reached on Wednesday, the same day Home Secretary Priti Patel unveiled what she called “the most significant overhaul of our asylum system in decades”.
Her plans to crack down on the issue have been questioned by experts, while some refugees living in the UK fear the proposals could “punish” those seeking safety.