Growing Concerns for safety of migrants as hundreds resume English Channel Crossings

The English Channel, which is a portion of the Atlantic Ocean separating the South of England from the North of France, witnessed its first landings in over two weeks on September 5, 2021. Hundreds of irregular migrants arrived on the British Isles with many charities raising awareness on the reason people risk their lives to migrate with particular reference to the crisis in Afghanistan.

A source in the UK Home Office said that there are around 800 to 850 migrants entering the UK through the channel on a daily basis. Royal National Lifeboat Institution, the largest lifeboat charity on British waterways, were reported to have had a busy day in assisting the UK Border Force in rescue operations.

Enver Solomon,, the Chief Executive of Refugee Council, said, “The Government needs to recognise that while there is war, persecution and violence, people will be forced to take dangerous journeys to seek safety.”

The recent arrivals means that more than 12,500 have crossed the Channel into the UK in 2021.

Speaking in the UK Parliament on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that Priti Patel, the Home Secretary was working round the clock to ensure that France play their role in blocking migrants from reaching Britain.

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