PM calls for joint patrols with France after ‘catastrophic’ migrant drownings

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Boris Johnson ‘shocked, shocked and deeply saddened’ by migrant deaths

Boris Johnson is urging his French counterpart to agree to a joint police patrol off the French Channel coast in the wake of a migrant boat capsizing on Wednesday evening, killing 27 people – three children, seven women and 17 men.

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Current Channel The PM spoke to Emmanuel Macron last night about the worst of its kind since the migrant crisis began, with Immigration Compliance Minister Tom Persglove confirming Mr Johnson had coordinated patrols with UK Police and Border Force officers Had to renew the previous offer to send to install. France. However, Mr Macron had previously opposed the suggestion, citing concerns about national sovereignty.

Meanwhile, Maya Conforti, general secretary of the French humanitarian organization l’Auberge des Migrants, described the incident as a “catastrophe”. talking to french tv channel bfmtv This morning, she said the NGO “definitely will one day” but stressed that the number of deaths was a real concern.


“It’s manageable when it’s one or two people, but with [this many] People, we don’t know how we’re going to do it,” she said. “It will be very, very complicated and it will also be very expensive.”

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BREAKING: Nearly 40 migrants travel to Channel after fatal drowning

After the worst migrant tragedy in the region, around 40 more people made the dangerous journey across the Channel on Thursday morning.

A group of people dressed in life jackets and wrapped in blankets were seen hanging out together on an RNLI lifeboat before boarding the shores of Dover. They made the crossing just a day after a dinghy capsized off the coast of Calais, killing 27 people.

Despite the tragedy, however, two boats reached UK waters on Thursday morning, according to BBC,

Holly Bancroft has more:

About 40 people cross the channel after the deadly boat sank

Around 40 people made the dangerous journey across the Channel on Thursday morning after the worst migrant tragedy in the region.

Sam Hancock25 November 2021 09:06

Patel to hold talks with French Interior Minister this morning

A Home Ministry minister has confirmed that Priti Patel will speak to her French counterpart Gerald Dormanin on Thursday morning about the next steps the two countries can take to stop small boats crossing the Channel.

Immigration Minister Kevin Foster confirms meeting bbc breakfast Earlier, the department’s “heart goes out in the context of those who have lost their loved ones and loved ones yesterday”.

“As you know, at least 27 people have been killed, but this is a dynamic situation, the French authorities are investigating and obviously we are eager to see them continue their work and we have clearly We have offered the assistance that we can,” Mr Foster said.

He said the “real sad part” of this is that “the people who organized that boat yesterday would have seen these people, at least 27 who passed away, as just a profit-making opportunity.” Were”.

“That’s why we are so determined to really destroy this rogue business model,” Mr Foster told the broadcaster, amid criticism from the French that the UK government is not doing enough to punish smugglers.

Sam Hancock25 November 2021 08:59

BREAKING: Five arrested after Channel migrant boat sank

France’s interior minister says five people have been arrested in connection with the deaths of at least 27 migrants last night.

Following Zoe TidmanBreaking report here:

Five arrested, at least 27 killed after Channel migrant boat capsizes

France’s interior minister said five people had been arrested in connection with the deaths of at least 27 migrants.

Sam Hancock25 November 2021 08:43

Immigration charity condemns ‘preventable’ deaths of 27 migrants

An immigration charity has said Wednesday the deaths of at least 27 migrants should mark a “turning point” in its handling of the crisis, echoing comments made by cross-channel politicians who have criticized such fatalities. The event was acknowledged, it was inevitable.

Zoe Gardner of the Joint Council of Welfare for Immigrants told bbc breakfast: “This tragedy was completely predictable, indeed it was foretold and it could have been completely prevented”.

she added: “This should be a turning point for our government, this tragedy must not be allowed to continue and that means changing our approach, not the same failed policies.

“We need to give alternatives to people for smuggling boats.

“The French are insufficiently patrolling their borders, it’s absolutely horrifying, those images of French police, when children boarded one of those unsafe ships, are shocking to me.”

Sam Hancock25 November 2021 08:42

Calais MP suggests Britain’s patrol on the French border is not the solution for crossings

After my last post (8 AM), here it is Ashley Cowburn With more on comments made by the MP for Calais.

Pierre-Henri Dumont has suggested that a British proposal to provide police and border forces for joint patrols along the coast of the Channel “would not work”, as he raised issues of sovereignty.

The politician’s intervention comes after at least 27 people lost their lives while attempting to make a treacherous journey across the English Channel – the worst migrant tragedy in the region in recent history.

After an emergency meeting of the government’s Cobra committee, Boris Johnson said on Wednesday evening that France had previously rejected Britain’s offer of practical help.

Calais MP suggests UK-French border patrol is not the solution to migrant crossings

‘I’m not sure the British people will accept it the other way round, the French army patrolling the British coast’

Sam Hancock25 November 2021 08:31

Britain is not doing as much as France to punish human traffickers, says French politician

Continuing to blame traffickers for the current migrant crisis, a French politician said this morning that the heads of human trafficking networks who live comfortably in Britain should be arrested – just as they are in France.

Frank Dhersin, vice-president of transport for the northern Hauts-de-France region, told the French TV station bfmtv, “What do we do in France? We arrest smugglers…

“To fight them, there is only one way out – we need to stop the organizations, you need to arrest the mafia chiefs.

“And the mafia chiefs live in London … they live peacefully in London, in beautiful villas, they make millions of euros every year, and they reinvest that money in the city.

“And therefore it is much easier for the tax authorities to find them”.

Home Secretary Priti Patel’s message about the crisis has been entirely to blame traffickers, although various human rights groups say it is because of Ms Patel’s obsolete asylum and the migrant system in the UK that acts of smuggling also exist. Huh.

Sam Hancock25 November 2021 08:27

Port chief admits tragic channel sinking was expected ‘one day’

The president of the Ports of Calais and Boulogne said on Wednesday of the tragic loss of life in the Channel that he “thought it would be one day”.

Jean-Marc Puisseau told bbc breakfast He was “personally very, very, very sad” about the deaths of dozens of migrants in the strait between France and England.

“But among us I can tell you, we thought it would be one day because these people are taking such a big risk to come to your country,” he said.

“When they leave their country it is because they are suffering there and they have only one thought and desire – to come to their country.

“And they are ready to risk their lives, as they did yesterday.”

Mr Puisseau expressed the hope that the “huge problem” of illegal migration through the Channel could be solved by the UK working closely with the European authorities.

“It is a huge problem. It has been 20 years that we have migrants coming to Kailash with only one desire – come to their country,” he said. “And it is really time that Europe and the UK come together.” Together, we try to solve the problem together.”

Sam Hancock25 November 2021 08:21

Calais MP rejects British offer for additional troops in French waters

our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn Report:

Asked what practically could be done to solve the migrant crisis, Calais MP Pierre Henri Dumont told BBC Radio 4. Today program: “Well, I’m not sure that having more police officers … will help prevent these crossings.

“We have 200 or 300 km of shore for 24/7 surveillance and it only takes five or ten minutes to get a boat and go into the sea full of migrants. I’m not sure it’s only a question about money and about the number of men.”

Following France’s call on the British government to accept Britain’s police and border officers, he said: “No, it will not work to monitor all coasts … there is also the question of sovereignty.

“I’m not sure the British people would accept the other side if the French army were patrolling the British coast.”

He continued: “I see two ways of trying to handle this situation. The first is in France to make sure there are no migrants around the shore…. Find these migrants before the shore and let them rest.” to have food for them, put them in reception centers for them to have a terrace.

Sam Hancock25 November 2021 08:00

Children and five women died among migrants after boat capsized

The English Channel suffered its worst migrant tragedy ever on Wednesday when a loaded inflatable dinghy sank, killing at least 27 people. (NS…


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