At least 27 die in worst migrant disaster to date in English Channel

At least 27 killed in English Channel's worst migrant disaster to date, but even death won't deter the desperate

Nov 25, 2021 by World -

Key Facts

  • The capsize on Wednesday was the biggest single loss of migrant life in the Channel, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes, since record keeping began in 2014, according to the International Organization for Migration.
  • Images taken on Wednesday, before the capsize was discovered by a French fishing crew, show at least one boat being pushed out to sea as French police look on.
  • Men, women and children board inflatable dinghies every day to attempt to cross the English Channel before the bitterness of winter sets in.
  • Five suspected traffickers have been arrested in France in connection with the sinking on Wednesday, but until Britain and France can come up with meaningful solutions to the crisis, the grim reality is that more people will likely lose their lives trying to cross the Channel for what they hope is a better life.

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