Canal deaths fuel Paris-London migration tension

The deaths of at least 27 people trying to cross the English Channel fueled tensions between Britain and France over how to prevent migrants from crossing the world’s busiest passage in small boats.

Despite the commitment of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron to do everything possible to prevent human traffickers from endangering the lives of others, politicians on both sides of the canal are already blaming his opponents for not having prevented Wednesday’s tragedy.

British authorities criticize France for rejecting their offer that both police and border agents conduct joint patrols along the Channel coast with the French authorities. Paris, for its part, claims that London is fueling the crisis because it is too easy for migrants to stay in the country and work if they make it through.

Amid the cross-accusations, British lawmakers will debate on Thursday the growing number of migrants arriving on its shores in small boats. Macron is expected to address the issue with officials from the European Union.

Meanwhile, the migrants continue to brave the cold to complete their journey in small boats.

This tragedy was completely predictable, in fact it was predicted, and it was completely avoidable, “Zoe Gardner of the Joint Council on Migrant Welfare told the BBC. This has to be the moment when our government marks a turning point. “.

We need to offer alternatives to smuggling boats, “he added.

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