20 Deaths in a Boat Accident Involving Migrants in the English Channel

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20 migrants have died trying to cross the English Channel illegally by boat. France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin wants to travel to the scene of the accident. The number of attempted crossings from France to Great Britain has recently increased significantly.

 

According to French police, 20 people died when a boat carrying migrants went down on the English Channel off Calais. France’s Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said on Wednesday that there was great concern at the drama of the capsizing of the boat. He will travel to the place of misfortune.

The broadcaster BFMTV reports that other migrants who tried to enter Great Britain by boat illegally are unconscious. The Ministry of the Interior did not initially confirm these details upon request. “It cannot be stressed enough how criminal the smugglers who organize these crossings are,” said Darmanin.

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According to the responsible prefecture, the number of attempted crossings from France to Great Britain has risen to 31,500 since the beginning of the year. It has doubled since August. About 7,800 people were rescued from distress at sea. In total, at least twelve people have died or are missing in 2021. Migrant crossings to the UK add significantly to tension between Paris and London.

The migrants often use unseaworthy boats and pay high prices to smugglers. Many want to go to Great Britain because they speak the language and already have friends or relatives there. The increase in the numbers since August is likely to do with the fact that the crossing will soon be even more dangerous with the falling temperatures.

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