At least 31 dead in the sinking of a migrant boat in the English Channel

This Wednesday, November 24, the sinking of a migrant boat trying to reach the United Kingdom caused the death of 31 people.

For the French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, this is a “tragedy”. This Wednesday, November 24, announces the London daily The Times, “At least 31 migrants drowned off the coast of Calais after their boat capsized while trying to cross the Channel into Great Britain”.

A very serious balance sheet, notes the website of the television channel BBC, who says that“An official from the International Organization for Migration referred to this shipwreck as the most fatal accident in the Channel since 2014, when the Organization began collecting this data”.

If Jean Castex wished to express his mourning for this tragedy, on the other side of the Channel Boris Johnson did the same, declaring that he was “Shocked and deeply saddened” by this shipwreck. “A catastrophe which underlines how dangerous it is to cross the Channel in this way”, wanted to add the British Prime Minister, while his country is confronted with more and more attempts to land boats from the French coasts.

Indeed, as recalled by BBC :

This year, more than 25,700 people attempted the dangerous crossing to the UK on small boats. This is more than three times the total recorded in 2020. ”

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