Podcast. How La Manche became a cemetery for exiles

Podcast. How La Manche became a cemetery for exiles
Podcast. How La Manche became a cemetery for exiles

While we have not yet reached the halfway point of 2024, it is already one of the deadliest in La Manche. Since January, 15 candidates for exile have died while attempting to cross by boat to the United Kingdom from the Opal Coast.

Human tragedies which have been increasing for several years already. On November 24, 2021, the Channel experienced its deadliest shipwreck with 27 deaths and it is estimated that… from 2014 to the end of 2022, at least 205 migrants died or went missing while crossing the Channel on makeshift boats. Last April, five people, including a 7-year-old girl, were brought back unresponsive to the Wimereux dike.

According to international associations, between 2014 and 2023, drowning has become the second cause of death among candidates for exile in the United Kingdom after road accidents.

600% more crossings in five years

And this despite the repressive policies, or the financial efforts made by France and Great Britain to try to stop this immigration. Those who dream of crossing the 33 kilometers which separate France from England are more and more numerous and the smugglers take advantage of this to charge the people even more. small boats, these makeshift boats sometimes deflated and barely propelled by a small engine. The figures are dizzying, we are talking about +600% of boat crossings since 2019 with a record of 45,755 people crossing in 2022.

But then, how did we get there? Who are these candidates for exile and why are they ready to risk their lives and those of their children to reach the United Kingdom? How could we avoid drama? Are politicians sufficiently addressing this subject at a time when immigration is at the heart of the debate? We talk about it with Florent Caffery, journalist at the Boulogne-sur-Mer editorial team.

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