Migrants: France, record Channel crossing attempts in 2021

Number of people who drowned off Calais has tripled

10 January, 12:19

    (ANSAmed) - PARIS, JANUARY 10 - The year 2021 recorded a record number of attempts to cross the English Channel, said on Monday the French office in charge of immigration and integration (Ofii). The bureau added that the number of wrecked and rescued migrants off Calais, in northern France, who were then assisted by the State, tripled last year.

    "The number of shipwrecked people off Calais who were rescued was 1,002 in 2021", compared to 341 in 2020 or an increase of 194%, Ofii told France Presse. Last November, the Channel turned into a cemetery with the shipwreck of a rubber dinghy in which 27 migrants who were trying to reach Great Britain died - a similar tragedy to the many reported in the Mediterranean Sea.


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