July 23, 2024



Why have France-England migrant crossings doubled in a year?


By Alice Tidey

Britain’s tougher immigration and asylum policy is unlikely to stem the flow of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel, experts told Euronews.

It comes as the number of those trying to reach England on boats from France has more than doubled in a year.

About 15,500 migrants had either attempted or successfully crossed by August 31, according to the French Maritime Prefecture.

Since then the number has continued to grow at a rapid pace with French authorities successfully preventing four times more small boat crossings in September than in the same month last year and rescuing more than 1,470 people in the English Channel within the first four days of November alone.

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