Since the authorities bunkered the tunnel under the Channel, more and more migrants are trying their luck by crossing the busiest sea route in the world, risking their lives (archives).
Nearly 190 migrants trying to cross the Channel to reach England in makeshift boats were rescued at sea on Saturday, during several operations, and brought back to France, said the maritime prefecture.
During the night from Friday to Saturday, a patrol boat from the French Navy first rescued around sixty people off Zuydcoote (North), indicates the prefecture Maritime Channel and North Sea (Premar) in a press release.
Engaged in a second operation in the morning, he recovered 50 other migrants in difficulty off Hemmes-de-Marcq (Pas-de-Calais). The castaways were all dropped off at the port of Calais.
Also called on Saturday morning, the French gendarmes took care of 47 people, off Leffrinckoucke (North), whom they dropped off at the port of Dunkirk. Twenty-nine other migrants were rescued in the middle of the day and brought back to Boulogne-sur-Mer, continues Premar.
Nearly 190 people were rescued in less than 24 hours, she insists.
Since the authorities bunkered the Channel Tunnel and the port of Calais, the starting point for the French side, candidates for the x27;exile are more and more trying their luck crossing the busiest sea route in the world. At the risk of their lives.
The French Ministry of the Interior recently estimated at 20,000 the number of candidates for exile who attempted to cross between the 1st January and June 13 (+68% compared to the same period in 2021).