At least 20 migrants heading to the United Kingdom die in a shipwreck

At least 20 migrants crossing the English Channel bound for the United Kingdom have died this Wednesday in a shipwreck near the coast of Calais (northern France), reported official media.

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This tragedy occurs when migratory tension grows in Calais and its surrounding areas, after the peaks of 2015 and 2016. In the first ten months of this year they tried to cross the English Channel irregularly by sea to reach the United Kingdom 24,655 people, when in all of 2020 there had been 9,551.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex called what happened a “tragedy”. “I direct my thoughts to the many missing and injured, victims of criminal traffickers who exploit the despair and misery of immigrants,” he said on Twitter.

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The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, has traveled to Calais.

The recent increase in this flow of immigrants, many coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh or Eritrea, has led, for example, to the dismantling last week of a network dedicated to the trafficking of immigrants in the English Channel, which resulted in the arrest of 15 people.

In a decision that reflects the migratory tension between the two borders, the chain of sports equipment establishments Decathlon withdrew recreational boats from sale in several stores in northern France to prevent them from being used by migrants in their attempt to reach the United Kingdom .

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