UK Calls For Smuggler Crackdown: LONDON, UK — According to officials quoted by the BBC, the UK is committed to end the “evil” economic model of people traffickers after 27 individuals drowned crossing the Channel on Wednesday. Following the largest single loss of life in the Channel on record, Immigration Minister Kevin Foster said the UK, France, and the rest of Europe must work together to solve the problem. In connection with the fatal crossing, a fifth individual has been arrested. The dead included five women and a girl, according to France’s interior minister. Two persons had been rescued, and one was still missing, according to Gerald Darmanin.
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Initially, 31 persons were reported dead, but that number was lowered down overnight into Thursday. These criminals, according to Foster, were sending individuals into the Channel’s treacherous seas on shoddy boats with inadequate equipment. “Those who organized that boat yesterday would have seen these folks… who died as nothing more than a profit-making opportunity,” he said. A fishing boat crew observed six persons in the sea off the coast of France on Wednesday, raising the alarm. It was the worst single loss of life in the Channel since the International Organization for Migration began collecting data in 2014. Boris Johnson expressed his shock at the incident, saying the UK would leave “no stone unturned” in its efforts to combat human trafficking organizations.
While the UK and France agreed that more needed to be done, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday that getting the French “to do things in the way that we think the situation merits” had been “difficulties.” Johnson said it was evident that French efforts to stop the migrant boats departing “haven’t been enough” following an emergency government Cobra meeting on Wednesday. He expressed the expectation that a repeated offer of combined patrols along the French Channel coast would be “acceptable” to the French. Meanwhile, according to French authorities, Macron reminded Johnson that “he expects the British to fully cooperate, and that they refrain from politicizing a regrettable situation.” During the years 2021-22, the UK has agreed to pay France €62.7 million (£54 million) to help enhance police patrols along its coastline, improve aerial surveillance, and improve security infrastructure at ports.
Macron stated that France will not allow the Channel to be turned into a “cemetery.” He claimed that 1,552 traffickers had been apprehended and 44 smuggler networks had been disrupted in northern France since the start of 2021. Despite this, there were 47,000 attempted Channel crossings to the UK this year, with7,800 migrants rescued, according to Macron. Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, will call with her French counterpart later to examine the tragedy. On Wednesday, a number of migrants are said to have arrived in the UK in tiny boats, with immigration authorities observed bringing people ashore near Dover. It comes as a record number of migrants attempt to cross from France to the United Kingdom. The Dover Strait is the world’s busiest shipping waterway, and it has claimed the lives of many people who have attempted to cross in inflatable dinghies. At least ten additional people are believed to have perished in the last several weeks while attempting to make it.