French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced the death of 31 migrants from France to the UK via the English Channel on an inflatable dinghy on Wednesday evening November 24. Two people were saved. “It is a terrifying situation for France, Europe and humanity when people are killed at sea by smugglers,” he said at a press conference.
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France. Dozens of migrants trying to get to Great Britain drowned
The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson referred to the tragic event, stressing that he was “shocked” by the reports. Now is the time for all of us to step in to work together to do whatever we can to break down these gangs [red. przemytników] Johnson said.
The British Interior Minister, Priti Patel, spoke on the death of 31 migrants. “I am thinking of the families of all those who have tragically lost their lives in French waters today,” she wrote on Twitter. And she added that “the government’s new immigration plan will change the broken asylum system.”
Beth Gardiner-Smith: The tragic truth is that these deaths were preventable
“We are calling on the interior minister to resign in the wake of this tragedy and the prime minister to take control to prevent further deaths,” said Beth Gardiner-Smith, CEO of Safe Passage International, quoted by The Guardian.
And she added, “The tragic truth is that these deaths could and should have been prevented. No one should risk their lives to be safe. Every day men, women and children must make extraordinary efforts to reach a safe place, refuge and relatives in the UK because there is no other way The director also criticized the migration policy of the UK government, stressing that “political tricks” are being played with people’s lives.