Migrant deaths in the Channel: Boris Johnson calls for British police patrols along the French coasts after the death of 27 in the Channel | UK News

British patrols along the French coasts are needed to prevent migrant boats from attempting to cross the Channel, the prime minister told France after the death of 27 people near Calais.

Five women and a girl were among the victims after their boat trip capsized in water. One of the women who died was later reportedly pregnant.

Two people were rescued and four smugglers were arrested, said French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.

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27 people died crossing the English Channel on Wednesday
Private ambulances arrived at a warehouse in Calais on Wednesday evening
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Private ambulances arrived at a warehouse in Calais on Wednesday evening

Boris Johnson spoke to Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday evening following the tragedy – the worst such incident in the Channel since the start of the current migrant crisis.

Immigration Compliance Minister Tom Pursglove confirmed that Mr Johnson had renewed a previous offer to send officers from the UK police and border forces to mount joint patrols with the French.

He said Wednesday’s deaths show the two countries need to deepen their cooperation in dealing with the matter.

“This is the case in the past, we have offered to host and help with joint patrols,” he told BBC2’s Newsnight on Wednesday.

“I think it could be invaluable in helping to solve this problem. I really hope the French will reconsider this offer.”

Downing Street said it was okay with “keeping all options on the table”.

Following the executives’ phone call, a Downing Street spokesperson said they “agreed on the urgency” of stepping up joint efforts to end smuggling gangs.

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Five women and a girl among the dead – The French Minister of the Interior

The migrant crisis has become an increasingly tense topic for the UK and France.

Following a Cobra emergency committee meeting, Mr Johnson said it was clear French patrols “have not been sufficient” despite £ 54million in British support.

Conditions in the English Channel were cool but calm on Wednesday which may explain why so many people braved the crossing to the UK.

Migrants aboard a Border Force rescue boat wait to disembark at the port of Dover, after crossing the English Channel, in Dover, Great Britain, November 24, 2021. REUTERS / Henry Nicholls
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Another group of migrants arrived at the port of Dover earlier on Wednesday
Map of Calais - France and Great Britain

The deaths occurred after the capsizing of a “very fragile” inflatable boat, fishermen reporting more than a dozen immobile bodies in the sea. Private ambulances arrived Wednesday evening at a warehouse in Calais, where the identification of the casualties is ongoing.

Mr. Darmanin described the boat as “like a swimming pool that you blow up in your backyard”.

The Strait of Dover is the busiest seaway in the world and more than 25,700 people have made the dangerous journey to the UK this year.

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That’s three times the total for 2020, according to data compiled by the PA news agency.

At the same time, more than 47,000 crossing attempts have taken place, with 7,800 migrants rescued from the water since January 1, 2021, according to the French president.

Macron said: “France will not let the English Channel become a cemetery”.

He called for an emergency meeting of EU ministers and for an “immediate strengthening” of Frontex, the EU’s border agency.

He also said France had been working with the UK “for several months” to fight smugglers and that 1,552 people had been arrested.

Police officers stand next to a fire brigade command post arriving in the port of Calais after the death of 27 migrants in the sinking of their boat off Calais on November 24, 2021 (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP ) (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP via Getty Images)
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Police officers stand next to a firefighter command center arriving at the port of Calais
Police officers stand next to a fire brigade command post arriving in the port of Calais after the death of 27 migrants in the sinking of their boat off Calais on November 24, 2021 (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP ) (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP via Getty Images)

Enver Solomon, chief executive of the Refugee Council, urged the government to rethink its approach to migration.

“A tragedy of this magnitude is certainly the wake-up call our government needs to change its approach and finally commit to expanding safe roads for the men, women and children who desperately need protection,” said he declared.


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Edward L. Robinett