British and French officials argued over who was responsible for the drowning of 27 migrants in the English Channel and what to do in the future.
In a letter to colleagues France Jean Castex, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson Call for joint patrols between the two countries or hire private security contractors to do so. Johnson also called for a treaty to allow the deportation of immigrants back to France.
The proposal of a joint British patrol has raised concerns about French sovereignty. Paris accused London of lacking sanctions on traffickers. On November 25, France called on Europe and the United Kingdom to further support efforts to combat human trafficking in the English Channel.
French Interior Minister Gerald Damanin said the rubber boat was carrying 34 immigrants Overthrown When trying to cross the English Channel on November 24th, 27 people drowned. A local prosecutor said that the dead included 17 men, 7 women and 3 children.
The French authorities are determining the identity and nationality of the victims.Minister Darmanin said that there are two people from Iraq And Somalia survived the accident and are being treated for hypothermia.
On November 24, the French President said in a phone call with Prime Minister Johnson, Emmanuel Macron The Elysée Palace said in a statement that it “emphasizes shared responsibility” and called on Britain to “not use traumatic situations for political purposes.”
Macron and Johnson agreed to strengthen cooperation and do everything possible to stop smuggling gangs. However, the leaders of Britain and France still have differences on how to implement the measures.
French officials have repeatedly claimed that Britain is responsible for the increase in the number of immigrants crossing the English Channel. Dammanin accused British NGOs in northern France of “preventing the police and gendarmerie from performing their duties.”
Darmanin accused the United Kingdom of not actively cracking down on human trafficking groups in the country and attracting immigrants by allowing undocumented workers to work at low wages.
At the same time, the charities and aid agencies of the two countries have long called on the British government to open safe passages for asylum seekers. Many French immigrants can only apply for asylum in the UK after entering the UK, thus risking crossing the English Channel on shaky traffickers.
In a speech to Parliament on November 25, the British Home Secretary Priti Patel did not propose to change the immigration system, but reiterated his proposal to send more officials and take all necessary measures to stop them this way. The English Channel is “on an unreliable ship.” Patel also does not rule out taking tough measures to force the migrant ship to return to France.
The number of immigrants crossing the English Channel from France this year has tripled compared with last year as the authorities have strengthened their control over other routes such as rail and road transportation.
The successful crossing allowed more and more immigrants to cross the Strait of Dover, the narrowest of the English Channel. However, the Strait of Dover is located on the busiest waterway in the world and is very dangerous for those travelling on small and fragile ships, especially in conditions of high winds and strong currents.
The tragedy of November 24 did not stop other immigrants from trying to reach the UK.According to the reporter’s observation, two ships crossed the English Channel on November 25, carrying 40 people wearing life jackets and blankets. British Broadcasting Corporation.
Ruan Jin (follow Washington post)