31 migrants die after shipwreck in the English Channel |  News

The French Interior Minister, Gérald Darmanin, regretted the death of 31 migrants on Wednesday after a shipwreck that occurred off the coast of Calais (north), after they tried to reach the United Kingdom.


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Through his account on the social network Twitter, the official reported that he traveled to Calais to learn about the situation and show solidarity with the families of the victims.

“I came to Calais tonight to express, on behalf of the Government, my deep emotion at the tragedy that claimed the lives of 31 women and men when their ship capsized in the English Channel,” he said.

The first report from the authorities indicated that the death toll was 27, but hours later Darmanin told the press that it increased to 31 migrants, of whom there were one girl and five women.

For its part, the non-governmental organization (NGO) helping migrants, Alarm Phone, stressed that “we are angry about these unnecessary deaths at the borders of Europe / UK that could have been prevented by establishing freedom of movement” .

The Prosecutor’s Office of the French city of Dunkerque (north) indicated, last Friday, that 31,500 people tried to reach the shores of the United Kingdom since the beginning of the year, while only about 7,800 migrants were rescued.

The event comes at a time of migratory tension in Calais and its surrounding areas. In 2020, 9,551 people tried to cross the English Channel by sea to reach the United Kingdom.

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