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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

U.K.-France pressures increase over deaths of 27 migrants in the English Channel

Key takeaways: 

  • Nations fight over common patrols in the English Channel. 
  • A crowd of people thought to be migrants from France are taken to Dover, England, by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution on Thursday, a day after at slightest 27 people drowned when their boat submerged while attempting to cross the English Channel.

27 migrants died in the English Channel: 

The deaths of at slightest 27 people in the English Channel is firing stresses between the U.K. and France over how to stop migrants from crossing the world’s most active waterway in tiny boats.

Notwithstanding a pledge from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron that they would “do everything possible” to prevent criminals from threatening lives, politicians on both ends of the channel are already charging their matches for failing to stop Wednesday’s tragedy. Source – cbc.ca

British officials showed disappointment that France has refused their proposal to bolster enforcement on the channel coast by giving British police officers to conduct common patrols with their French counterparts.

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 But Macron stated his country wanted “more responsible partners” in the U.K. and the European Union to put a close to people passing illegally. 

“We are completely mobilized along our coast,” Macron told reporters during a visit to Croatia. “We are going to maintain this maximum presence … (and) ask for additional mobilization from the British. Because I remind you, when it comes to this, we are holding the border for the British.” Source – cbc.ca

Gestating women, kids amongst victims

Children and pregnant women were between those who died when their tiny boat immersed in a tried crossing of the Channel, a French government official stated Thursday.

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