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Record daily number of migrants cross Channel to UK

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Close to 700 people in small boats were recorded on Monday to have clandestinely crossed the Channel to England from France, while the French authorities intercepted two boats carrying 70 people attempting the same journey.

UK agrees to open full inquiry into Channel drowning deaths of 27

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The British government has announced the launching of a detailed investigation into the drowning last November of 27 people, three of whom were children, during their clandestine crossing of the Channel from France to England, following legal action by lawyers acting for several of the victims' families who suspect 'serious failings' in rescue operations.

French police seize Russian cargo ship in Channel

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Officials said it could belong to a Russian company suspected of violating trade sanctions linked to the war in Ukraine.

One man dies and thirty people rescued in Channel crossing attempt

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A man believed to be of Sudanese origin has died and 30 other people were rescued on Friday after a dinghy attempting to cross the Channel to the UK ran into difficulty close to the French coast.

The volunteers helping return the bodies of those who died in the Channel tragedy

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All of the 27 bodies recovered after the sinking in the Channel last month of an inflatable dinghy carrying migrants attempting to reach the UK from France were finally identified last week, when official permits were issued for their burials. The dead were from seven different countries, to where their families want their remains to be returned. But, as Nejma Brahim and Sarah Brethes report, the French state will only provide for burials in France, and the costs involved of repatriating the bodies are beyond the relatives’ resources.

France rejects idea of British patrols along Calais beaches

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Move would ‘compromise sovereignty’ and UK should sort out alternative to people’s perilous Channel crossings, says French prime minister.

France urges UK to open legal route for cross-Channel migrants

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In the wake of the loss of at least 27 lives in the sinking last week of a boat carrying migrants sailing from France to Britain, French interior minister Gérald Darmanin said the British government must 'open up a legal immigration route' because asylum-seekers have 'no other choice' than to cross the Channel in clandestine conditions. 

Family, friends of those in Channel boat tragedy anxious for answers

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In the French port of Calais, relatives and friends of those lost in the sinking of a dinghy in the Channel last Wednesday, when at least 27 people died as they attempted a clandestine crossing to Britain, are desperate for answers about what happened.

UK minister minimises row with France over Channel crossings

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British junior minister Damian Hinds, whose responsibilities include border control, has said cooperation with France on the subject of clandestine migrant crossings of the Channel "is strong", downplaying the angry response of President Emmanuel Macron to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Twitter post of new proposals for tackling the crisis, which was heightened last week by the deaths of at least 27 people in seas off Calais. 

Macron-Johnson relations dive in open spat over migrant policies

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French President Emmanuel Macron described as 'not serious' UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's choice of using Twitter to set out policy propositions to France over clandestine crossings of the Channel, while an invitation for Home Secretary Priti Patel to attend a meeting in Calais on the issue has been withdrawn.

Who were the victims of the Channel migrant boat tragedy?

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Questions remain over the identity of the victims of the migrant boat-sinking tragedy in the Channel on Wednesday.

The tragedy in the Channel, and the fears of more to come

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At least 27 people, including three children and seven women, one of who was pregnant, died in the Channel off the French port of Calais on Wednesday as they attempted to reach Britain in a clandestine journey by dinghy, according to the latest official toll. Sheerazad Chekaik-Chaila reports from Calais on the scenes as recovered bodies were brought to the quayside after the deadliest known tragedy involving migrants attempting to cross the Channel, and one which rescue services warn could be repeated with the arrival of treacherous winter conditions.

Provisional toll of Channel migrant tragedy revised to 27 dead

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The latest toll of the sinking of a dinghy carrying migrants attempting to cross the Channel from France to the UK on Wednesday is at least 27 dead, including seven women, one of whom was pregnant, and three children, while two survivors are critically ill in hospital.

At least 31 migrants die off Calais during attempted crossing to UK

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At least 31 migrants attempting to cross the Channel to Britain have died after their dinghy capsized on Thursday afternoon in seas close to the French port of Calais, where a search for survivors is continuing into the night. 

Decathlon stores in N France halt canoe sales over migrant crossings

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Sportswear and equipemnt retailer Decathlon has halted sales of canoes in its stores in northern France to prevent them being used in dangerous crossings of the Channel by migrants seeking to reach Britain.