Shipwreck in the English Channel. Dozens of migrants drowned near Calais, including 5 women and a child. Four traffickers were arrested.
After a joint rescue operation by the French and British authorities, with the involvement of the air force, only two migrants were rescued. Air force… Among the 31 dead were children and 5 women. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he is “shocked, appalled and deeply saddened” by the tragic news. The International Organization for Migration calls the incident “the largest single loss of life in the English Channel since 2014.
The French leader called for “an extraordinary meeting of European ministers responsible for the immigration problem, and said that everything will be done to find and condemn those responsible” in this tragedy.
Geral Dermanen, French Minister of the Interior, said that 4 people were arrested as alleged traffickers, they are “directly linked” to the shipwreck in which 31 migrants died: “I would like to say that traffickers are primarily to blame for this shameful situation. “. While in Calais, the minister called for an “internationally coordinated very tough response” to this “affecting us all” drama.
Ntermanen reports that after the sinking of a boat heading across the English Channel to Great Britain, 33 people were found at sea, but only two were alive. Among the 31 victims is a little girl.
The British Prime Minister, expressing his condolences to the families of the victims, said:
“I just want to say that I am shocked, shocked and deeply saddened by the death of the people I see in the English Channel. This disaster underscores how dangerous it is to cross the Channel in this way. It was difficult for us to convince some of our partners, especially the French, to be on top, but I understand the difficulties that all countries face, and now we want to do more together. ”
His French counterpart, French Prime Minister Jean-Castex, comments on the tragedy:
“I think of the many missing and injured victims of the criminal traffickers who take advantage of their despair and extreme poverty.”
In recent years, a huge number of illegal migrants have tried to illegally enter the UK from France through the English Channel. More than 16,000 illegal migrants have tried to cross it this year, according to media reports citing data from the French Maritime Police. A few days ago, on November 20, 243 illegal migrants were rescued in the waters near Calais.
United Kingdom attracts migrants by many factors: linguistic, economic, as well as a loyal migration policy, deportations here are not as massive as in many other European countries. However, it looks like things are about to change soon. The British government plans to introduce a bill to reform the asylum system. It is also planned to toughen the penalties, introducing especially strict ones for smugglers.
British Border Guard has the right to unfold floating craft with migrants crossing the English Channel off the coast of the country, said Interior Minister Priti Patel.