France Rescues 22 Migrants Heading For Britain
Umer Jamshaid 26 days ago Mon 26th August 2019 | 12:03 AM
Lille, France, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Aug, 2019 ) :French rescuers saved 22 migrants who found themselves "in difficulty" on the Channel overnight in their bid to get to Britain, French maritime authorities said Sunday.
"A semi-rigid vessel with 22 migrants", including a woman and a child, was found to be "in difficulty" off the coast of Dunkirk, a statement said.
Migrants are taking ever greater risks to reach Britain from France, which has taken an uncompromising approach towards so-called economic migrants, who come to Europe in search of a better life in contrast with those fleeing war or persecution.
On Thursday, 30 migrants, including 10 children and a baby, were brought to shore by French rescuers and that night a further 24 people trying to make the crossing to England in a rubber dinghy, seven of them minors, were rescued.
On the British side, 37 migrants, including six children, were intercepted near England's south coast on Thursday.
France has attributed the development to good summer weather, which has emboldened more migrants to put out to sea.
However such crossings remain dangerous given the heavy maritime traffic on the Channel as well as strong currents.
British interior minister Priti Patel is set to discuss this issue in the coming days with her French counterpart Christophe Castaner.
Britain currently has three Border Force cutters in the Channel.