Migrants, France invites European ministers to Calais

Protest in the city denounces degrading treatment of migrants

25 November, 18:22

    PARIS - France is inviting "the ministers charged with immigration of Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain, as well as the European Commission, for a meeting" Sunday in Calais, after the tragic shipwreck Wednesday that caused the death of 27 migrants in the Channel between France and Great Britain, the press office of French Premier Jean Castex said. The announcement followed an inter-ministerial crisis meeting held Thursday in Paris.

    According to Castex's press office, the meeting scheduled Sunday in Calais - the port in northern France which has been for years at the center of the migration crisis - "should allow to define the ways and means to strengthen police, judicial and humanitarian cooperation". It is also aimed at "fighting more effectively against the networks of passeurs operating in migration flows".

    Protest in Calais denounces degrading treatment of migrants

    A protest was held on Wednesday night in Calais after the death of 27 migrants, including five women and a little girl, who were trying to cross the Channel, the BBC reports. A group of people gathered to commemorate the victims and ask for better treatment of migrants. "How many more deaths do we need?", read one of the banners held by demonstrators. "30 years of announcements, of inhuman and degrading treatment", said another.

    The 27 migrants who died in a shipwreck in the Channel were mostly from the Middle East, including Kurds from Iraq and Iran, the BBC reported on its website on Thursday, quoting unconfirmed reports. The tragedy's two survivors, who are fighting for their lives in hospital, are a Somali and an Iraqi.

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