108 migrants trying to reach England via the Channel picked up and brought back to France – RT in French

More than a hundred migrants who tried to reach England were picked up on September 20 and dropped off in Dunkirk. Migratory flows are increasing despite the refusal of the British authorities to welcome more.

108 migrants who tried to reach England by boat were recovered on September 20 off the Strait of Pas-de-Calais, the maritime prefecture said in a statement on September 21.

Twenty-two migrants were first picked up on a boat off Bray-Dunes (North), and dropped off at the port of Dunkirk where they were taken care of by the border police (PAF), and the Departmental Operational Center fire and rescue (CODIS), according to a press release from the Maritime Prefecture of the Channel and the North Sea (Premar).

At the same time, “the Griz-Nez Regional Operational Surveillance and Rescue Center (Cross) is informed that a boat is in difficulty off the Braek dike”, and then hires a boat from the national rescue company. at sea (SNSM). Once in the area, “he picked up 20 castaways and dropped them off at the port of Dunkirk”.

Later, “the Cross Gris-Nez is put in contact with castaways requesting assistance off Leffrinckoucke”: 39 migrants were picked up by a customs patroller and dropped off at the port of Dunkirk. The Cross is then contacted by the tanker Baixas Knutsen which reports a boat off the Pas-de-Calais: 27 migrants were picked up and dropped off at the port of Calais.

Since the end of 2018, illegal crossings of the Channel by migrants seeking to reach the United Kingdom have multiplied despite repeated warnings from the authorities highlighting the danger linked to the density of traffic, strong currents and low temperatures. some water. London had also approved the pushback at sea on September 9, angering Paris, which had expressed its disagreement.

According to the maritime prefect Philippe Dutrieux, some 15,400 migrants attempted the crossing between January 1 and August 31, of which 3,500 were “recovered in difficulty” in the strait and brought back to the French coast. In 2020, 9,500 people attempted the crossing, compared to 2,300 in 2019 and 600 in 2018.

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