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The ‘refugee boat’ that crossed the English Channel overturned… Britain-French responsibility battle deepens

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Human rights activists commemorate the refugees who died in a boat overturning accident with candles near the port of Calais, near the refugee camp in northern France, on the 24th (local time). At least 27 people are said to have lost their lives. It was the deadliest accident that has ever occurred in the English Channel.

Twenty-seven refugees trying to cross the English Channel in an inflatable boat in France were killed when the boat sank. It was the largest fatal accident in the English Channel so far. France, where the northern refugee camp is troubled, and Britain, who are trying to stop refugees from France coming through the strait, exchanged responsibility.

According to foreign media such as Reuters, 27 refugees who tried to cross the English Channel in an inflatable boat near Calais, France on the 24th (local time) were killed in the boat capsize. Recently, on the coast near refugee camps such as Calais in northern France, gangs are active in receiving money from refugees and sending them to England by boat. This is because an increasing number of people are making dangerous boat crossings as the UK strongly restrained the passage of traditional refugees hiding in trucks.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said after an emergency security meeting that “it shows how important it is to put in place measures to end the model of gangs making money by sending people to the sea.” He said, “We need to cooperate with the neighboring countries where the boats depart, and in particular, France has had a hard time persuading us because we do not recognize the seriousness of the problem as we do.” Prime Minister Johnson also pointed out that “France did not take the issue as seriously as we think.” French President Emmanuel Macron responded by saying that “both countries are responsible” and not using the tragedy for political purposes.

President Macron also held an emergency meeting on the same day and said, “France will not let the English Channel become a graveyard.” said he would stop it. The UK also agreed to provide 62.7 million euros (about 83.6 billion won) to France by 2022 to help expand coast patrols, aerial surveillance and safety facilities. Regarding the battle for responsibility between the two countries, the economist pointed out that there is a lack of trust between the two countries that should work together to prevent refugees from crossing the English Channel, and pointed out that the two countries are experiencing a sharp conflict in relation to fishing licenses, especially over Brexit. The economist diagnosed that the political situation also made cooperation between the two countries difficult. President Macron, who is aiming for re-election in April next year, needs an image that strongly represents his country’s interests. The same goes for Prime Minister Johnson, who is well aware of the anti-immigrant sentiments of Conservative voters. The Economist added that refugee influx was a more politically dangerous problem for Johnson, who campaigned for Brexit to regain control of Britain’s borders.

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