Channel will swallow more migrants heading for Britain, charities say

26/11/2021 12:17:00 AM

Channel will swallow more migrants heading for Britain, charities say

Channel will swallow more migrants heading for Britain, charities say

DOVER, England: The day after 27 people died trying to reach Britain in an inflatable dinghy, charities said the Channel dividing Britain from France was sure to claim more migrants risking everything to flee war and poverty across the Middle East and Africa. \u0022Unless we see this as a catalyst for proper sy

DOVER, England: The day after 27 people died trying to reach Britain in an inflatable dinghy, charities said the Channel dividing Britain from France was sure to claim more migrants risking everything to flee war and poverty across the Middle East and Africa.

"Unless we see this as a catalyst for proper systemic change, this will keep happening again and it will get worse," said Kay Marsh, who works for the migrant charity Samphire in Dover, Britain's gateway to Europe."The deterrents aren't working."

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LinkedIn DOVER, England: The day after 27 people died trying to reach Britain in an inflatable dinghy, charities said the Channel dividing Britain from France was sure to claim more migrants risking everything to flee war and poverty across the Middle East and Africa.Geert De Clercq and Ingrid Melander 24 November 2021, 4:19 pm · 2-min read By Geert De Clercq and Ingrid Melander PARIS (Reuters) -Thirty-one people died on Wednesday after their dinghy capsized while crossing the Channel from France to Britain, in the worst disaster on record involving migrants in the waters separating the countries.LinkedIn CALAIS: At least 31 migrants trying to reach England from France died on Wednesday (Nov 24) when their boat sank off the northern French coast, the deadliest disaster since the Channel became a hub for clandestine crossings.27 people died making the attempt in an inflatable dinghy, the worst accident of its kind in the Channel on record.

"Unless we see this as a catalyst for proper systemic change, this will keep happening again and it will get worse," said Kay Marsh, who works for the migrant charity Samphire in Dover, Britain's gateway to Europe."The deterrents aren't working. Overloaded dinghies often barely stay afloat and are at the mercy of waves as they try to reach British shores." In the past decade, hundreds of thousands have slipped into the wealthy economies of Western Europe with the help of smugglers, fleeing conflict, persecution and poverty on epic journeys from Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan and elsewhere. The disaster, the worst single loss of life since at least 2018 when migrants began using boats en masse to cross the Channel, comes as tensions grow between London and Paris over the record numbers of people crossing. Few are welcomed. "There are two survivors . France and Britain traded blame on Thursday after the worst recorded accident of its kind in the Channel. British Interior Minister Priti Patel said that she would be having talks with her French counterpart Gerald Darmanin, who said that Britain, Belgium and Germany needed to do more to help France tackle the issue of illegal migrants and human trafficking.

But only hours after the drownings, around 40 migrants made it to Dover, to be taken away on a red double-decker bus by British border forces.. Darmanin told reporters in Calais that only two survivors had been found and both of their lives were in danger. Neither the peril of the crossing nor the US$2,500 per person that charities say the smugglers charge appear to deter them. Campaigners say Britain should therefore allow asylum claims to be made from outside the country. "It is a catastrophe for France, for Europe, for humanity, to see these people who are at the mercy of smugglers perish at sea. "We need to be giving people the option to claim asylum before reaching British shores: a processing centre in northern France where people can make their claim to asylum without having to make the crossing, and people with a legitimate claim to asylum can be brought here safely," Marsh said. Prime Minister Jean Castex will hold a crisis meeting early on Thursday, his office said. So far this year, 25,776 migrants are known to have crossed the Channel illegally, up from 8,461 in 2020 and 1,835 in 2019, according to tallies compiled by the BBC using interior ministry data. One fisherman, Nicolas Margolle, told Reuters he had seen two small dinghies earlier on Wednesday, one with people on board and another empty. Paris has previously resisted such calls.

Enver Solomon, chief executive of the Refugee Council charity, said:"The government needs to look at providing what are called safe routes, safe ways that people who are in search of safety can get to the UK." But Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman said this would only encourage more people to embark on dangerous journeys: "We need to address illegal migration upstream - and before people reach the French coast. While French police have prevented more crossings than in previous years, they have only partially stemmed the flow of migrants wanting to reach Britain - one of many sources of tensions between Paris and London. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was"shocked, appalled and deeply saddened by the loss of life at sea", following a crisis meeting with senior officials." Source: Reuters/ec .