More immigrants cross the English Channel after 27 drowning

More and more people are arriving on the British coast on Thursday after the worst days for immigrants in the English Channel.

Downing Street said it indicated the need to step up work to dismantle the trafficking trade between Britain and France.

French President Emmanuel Macron said immigrants are determined to go to Britain and are asking Britain to provide “additional support.”

Dozens of people in life jackets and blankets were seen on a lifeboat before disembarking at Dover on Thursday morning, the day after the dinghy overturned off Curry. Lost his life.

French officials had previously stated that 31 people had died, but the number of deaths was revised to 27 and there was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the deaths included five women, one of whom was later reported to be pregnant.

He also said that two survivors (one Somali and one Iraqi) were being treated in a French hospital for severe hypothermia.

The identity and nationality of the victims have not yet been determined.

Dharmanin told French radio network RTL Thursday that smugglers sadly promised immigrants “El Dorado, England” for thousands of euros “every day for the past 20 years.”

A spokesman for Prime Minister Boris Johnson commented on the arrival of more illegal immigrants after the tragedy, “strengthening cooperation with French counterparts to dismantle this horrific trade that preys on vulnerable people. It shows that we need to. “

“Despite the horrific tragedy we saw yesterday, it shows that it’s still going on, and we need to do more,” he added.

A Johnson spokesman was asked if Interior Minister Priti Patel would raise the prospect of a joint patrol on the beaches of France when he spoke to his French counterpart. “Absolutely,” he added, “both sides are aware that more things are possible and more things need to be done urgently.”

Johnson said on Wednesday that he hopes the French will be “accepted” for the new offer to jointly patrol the French coast.

However, Pierre Henri Dumont, a member of the French port city of Calais, said that more patrols “doesn’t change anything.”

“It’s 200-300 km, so there’s no point in putting more resources on patrols,” said a member of parliament. [124–186 miles] It only takes a few minutes for smugglers to avoid patrols on the coast for 24/7 surveillance.

Asked what to do, he should be allowed to apply for asylum while immigrants are outside the UK, but finding employment or housing should be “difficult” when they arrive. Said that.

Britain’s immigration minister Kevin Foster told the BBC Thursday morning that Britain was pleased to provide France with more resources than the £ 54 million ($ 72 million) agreed.

And Macron said that as immigrants are determined to go to Britain, he asks Britain to provide “additional assistance.”

“All these men and women don’t want to stay in France. We obviously tell them they can, and there are centers in Calais and Dunkirk where they can go,” he said. Said on Thursday, and the government will “strengthen actually save them at sea,” working with Britain and the surrounding European countries to stop trafficking gravy trains.

Discovered in a group of men evacuating across from a supermarket in Grande-Synthes, France, waiting to be picked up to go to the UK, a 23-year-old Iraqi ant was sent to a new PA agency on Wednesday. The drowned immigrants added, “There is no chance to cross the English Channel,” he added, “but we may.”

“We don’t have a life. We want to live like you in the UK,” he said.

Ali said there were immigrants arriving via Turkey and Belarus.

PA contributed to this report.

Lily Chow


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.

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