December 4, 2021

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After 27 migrants die at sea, UK & France try to limit Channel crossings

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After 27 migrants die at sea, UK & France try to limit Channel crossings
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After 27 migrants die at sea, UK & France try to limit Channel crossings
After 27 migrants die at sea, UK & France try to limit Channel crossings

The day after at least 27 people died trying to cross the English Channel when their flimsy inflatable boat capsized during the perilous voyage, the leaders of France and England vowed to crack down on migrant crossings even as they offered a fractious response to one of the deadliest disasters in recent years involving migrants trying to cross the narrow waterway separating the two countries. French officials confirmed that children and a pregnant woman were among those who had drowned, as crews worked in the cold and wind to recover bodies and to try to identify those who died. Two people, one from Iraq and one from Somalia, were found and taken to a French hospital, where they were being treated for severe hypothermia.
The tragedy was a stark reminder that five years after authorities dismantled a sprawling migrant camp in Calais, both countries are still struggling to handle the flow of migrants in the area. France and Britain have long accused each other of not doing enough to curb attempts to cross the Channel.
After the tragedy on Wednesday, PM Boris Johnson of Britain said greater efforts should be made to allow joint patrols along the French coast. And President Emmanuel Macron of France said he expected the British “to cooperate fully and to abstain from using this dramatic situation for political means.”
The two leaders spoke by phone late on Wednesday and said in statements afterward that they had agreed to step up efforts to prevent migrants from making the journey across one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes. Under an agreement between the two nations, Britain pays France to clamp down on crossings through surveillance and patrols. Macron called for an immediate tightening of border controls and an increased crackdown with other European nations on people smugglers.
Attempts to reach Britain in small boats have increased in recent years as the authorities have cracked down on the smuggling of asylum seekers inside trucks crossing by ferry or through the Channel Tunnel. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 47,000 attempts to cross the Channel in small boats and 7,800 migrants had been saved from shipwrecks, according to French officials. Before Wednesday, seven people had died or disappeared so far this year.

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