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‘We can’t stay here’: Migrants in France undeterred from Channel crossing despite deadly tragedy

‘A lot of people told us they are going to try this weekend,’ French charity worker says

Zoe Tidman
Thursday 15 December 2022 19:16 GMT
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Children heard crying in 'distress call' from migrant boat that sank in English Channel

Migrants in northern France are undeterred from crossing the English Channel despite the small boat tragedy that killed four, charities have warned, as a lack of safe and legal routes and bitterly cold conditions in French camps continue to push them to make the dangerous journey.

Many have said they are still planning on making the crossing in the coming days despite the drownings this week, a French charity worker told The Independent.

At least four were killed - one a teenager - and dozens more were pulled from the icy sea after a small boat started to take on water in the early hours of Wednesday.

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