Canal death: More migrants risk dangerous trip to UK – as minister claims ‘progress’ in stopping intersections | UK News

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More migrants have made the dangerous journey across the canal today, less than 24 hours after 27 people died when their boat capsized off the coast of Calais.

A group wearing life jackets and wrapped in blankets was seen huddled aboard an RNLI lifeboat before disembarking in Dover on Thursday morning.

It comes as a minister said the authorities had made “progress” in stopping intersections.

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Additional migrants have defied the dangerous journey – less than 24 hours after 27 drowned

Steve Barclay, the cabinet minister who was drafted to oversee the government’s efforts to respond problems with intersections, said 20,000 journeys have been stopped by 2021 but Britain would continue to work with the French to prevent further tragedies.

Yesterday was seen deadliest day ever in the current migrant situation.

The dead are said to be five women and a girl, while two survivors were picked up and cared for in a French hospital. One of the dead women was later reported to have been pregnant.

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Still, it seems that those who want to apply for asylum in the UK have not been postponed.

Sky’s Europe correspondent Adam Parsons was at Calais railway station this morning where about 60 migrants were transferred to buses, helped by charity workers and guarded by a significant police presence.

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“Huge pressure to migrate”

Some of them wore life jackets, many were wet and muddy – a sign of those who have tried, and failed, to cross the canal.

To the question: “Have these deaths changed you when it comes to getting to the UK?” one man replied, “No, no.”

Boris Johnson called on France to join joint police patrols along the French Channel coast, while French politicians pointed the finger at the British authorities for failing to address the problem, which figures show that it is getting worse.

More than 25,700 people have made the dangerous journey to the UK in small boats this year – three times the total number for the whole of 2020, according to data compiled by the PA news agency.

Figures released by the Home Office on Thursday showed that more than 37,500 asylum applications were made in the UK during the year to September, the highest level in almost 20 years.

Pierre-Henri Dumont, Member of Parliament for Calais, dismissed the Prime Minister’s proposal as a “crazy solution” that “will not change anything” along the vast coastline.

Johnson spoke with President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday night in the wake of the tragedy.

A group of people believed to be migrants are waiting for a shuttle bus after being taken to Dover, Kent
Figures from the Home Office show that more than 37,500 asylum applications were made in the UK during the year to September

Downing Street said the two men had agreed to “keep all options on the table” in their efforts to break up the human trafficking gangs responsible for endangering desperate people on one of the world’s busiest sea lanes.

French authorities have arrested five suspected traffickers in connection with the deaths, while the regional prosecutor has launched an investigation into aggravated manslaughter.

After a meeting with Cobra’s emergency committee, Johnson said it was clear that French operations to stop the migrant boats leaving “were not enough” despite £54 million in support from the UK, adding that traffickers “literally get away with murder”.

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Prime Minister “deeply saddened” by migrant deaths in Channel

However, Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart said it was the British who were to blame and urged Johnson to “take responsibility”.

“The British government is to blame. I think Boris Johnson has cynically chosen to blame France for the past year and a half,” she said, according to French media.

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In response to today’s immigration statistics, a government spokesman said: “These statistics show the complex scale of the global migration crisis.

“A significant proportion of asylum applications in the past year should have been made in a first safe country, rather than people risking their lives by making dangerous crossings, facilitated by human traffickers.

“Yesterday’s tragedy serves as the sharpest possible reminder of the dangers of this.”

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