World France Takes Steps to Curb Smuggling Across Channel After 27 Migrants Die Trying to Reach U.K.
Poland's PM to hold talks in Europe on border crisis
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Saturday he is to hold a series of talks in Europe about the pressure of migrants on the European Union’s border with Belarus, a crisis that he expects will continue. Morawiecki said he was meeting on Sunday with his counterparts from EU members Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which have also been hit by the migrant pressure in recent months, though to a lesser degree. During the week he is to travel to some other European countries, which he did not name.
In an attempt to curb smuggling across the Channel, France will double the staff of the anti-smuggling agency after 27 migrants died trying to reach the United Kingdom last week, a French official said Monday.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said justice officials and staff from the finance and foreign affairs ministries will join the agency to bolster it, giving it "more muscle, not to say revolutionize it." The office currently has 123 members, according to the Associated Press.
Doctor warns Iraqi Kurds: Illegal path to EU can be deadly
BIELSK PODLASKI, Poland (AP) — Dr. Arsalan Azzaddin was seeing migrants from Iraq and Syria being brought into a hospital in eastern Poland every day with hypothermia, pneumonia, broken bones and severe dehydration. So he asked a Kurdish TV channel to let him go on the news to warn people in his homeland not to attempt the dangerous journey into the European Union through the Belarus-Poland border. “I want them not to come. They could die,” Azzaddin told The Associated Press on Monday.
Darmanin said the French government is willing to discuss with British authorities about stopping the channel crossings.
"What we want is a balanced agreement between the United Kingdom and thethat offers real solutions to all the problems," Darmanin said.
Any cooperation deal with the U.K. must allow for refugees to possibly apply for asylum in Britain, Darmanin said.
"In this way, we will be able to legitimately protect migrants who want to go to Britain. Britain will be able to assess their asylum claims, and then we will be able to work on re-admissions," Darmanin said.
Darmanin has asked British authorities to let more unaccompanied minors join their families in Britain, as well as combat smuggling networks with better efficiency. French Prime Minister Jean Castex will write a letter to British Prime Ministeron Tuesday, detailing the requests, Darmanin said.
Rights groups demand ICC probe into Libya migrant abuses
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Human rights activists sent a dossier of evidence to the International Criminal Court on Tuesday demanding an investigation into abuses of migrants in Libya that they argue “may amount to crimes against humanity.” The filing, which is confidential, is the latest attempt to have ICC prosecutors investigate the treatment of migrants seeking to make dangerous trips across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in smugglers'The filing, which is confidential, is the latest attempt to have ICC prosecutors investigate the treatment of migrants seeking to make dangerous trips across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe in smugglers' boats.
Over this past year, over 18,000 people have crossed the channel to the U.K., twice the amount of people that crossed last year, BBC reported. Although officials have intercepted 820 boats trying to cross, 728 have been successful.
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European migration officials agreed Sunday that the's border agency will send a plane to monitor the shores of the Channel for migrant activity after the deadliest migration accident on record.
France is carrying out an organized crime investigation into the sinking last Wednesday. Darmanin said two people survived the tragedy, coming from Sudan and Iraq. According to survivors, he said, the migrants probably arrived in France via Belgium, Germany, Poland and Belarus.
Among the victims were "at least one pregnant woman and at least three children," Darmanin said.
The chief of France's border police, Fernand Gontier, said the Iraqi survivor arrived in the EU after boarding a plane from Syria to Belarus.
Migrant boat capsizes in English Channel; at least 31 dead
CALAIS, France (AP) — At least 31 migrants bound for Britain died Wednesday when their boat sank in the English Channel, in what France’s interior minister called the biggest migration tragedy on the dangerous crossing to date. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said 34 people were believed to have been on the boat. Authorities found 31 bodies — including those of five women and a young girl — and two survivors, he said. One person appeared to still be missing. The nationalities of the travelers was not immediately known. © Provided by Associated Press French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin answers the press in Calais, northern France, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021.
European Union officials have accused Belarus of state-sponsored "trafficking" by luring desperate migrants to the Polish border with false promises. Many are now stuck there in makeshift camps in freezing weather.
Camped in Calais, migrants renew resolve to try for England .
CALAIS, France (AP) — At the makeshift camps in France near Calais and Dunkirk, migrants are digging in, waiting for their chance to make a dash across the English Channel despite the deaths of at least 27 people this week when their boat sank a few miles (kilometers) from the French coast. Police have stepped up patrols in recent days and the weather has worsened, making this a bad time to attempt a crossing. But most migrants say the tragedy won’t prevent them from climbing into a flimsy inflatable boat packed with up to 50 people in hopes of reaching Britain.