The incident amounted to the biggest single loss of life in the English Channel for the reason that UN migration company, IOM, began recording information in 2014.
Another 106 migrants had been rescued in French waters on Wednesday alone.
Risking all the things
Ever-increasing numbers of persons are making an attempt the journey in small, unseaworthy boats as they flee battle or poverty or persecution in Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, Eritrea and elsewhere.
According to the International Organization for Migration, since 2014, 166 migrants have been recorded lifeless or lacking in the English Channel and 22,930 have been recorded lifeless or lacking in the Mediterranean Sea.
UNHCR, says an estimated 1,600 folks have died or disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea this yr whereas making an attempt to achieve Europe from northern African States or Turkey. Hundreds extra have perished in the Atlantic Ocean off West Africa on a migrant path to Spain’s Canary Islands.
Since the beginning of the yr, effectively over 31,000 have tried the damaging crossing between France and the UK and seven,800 folks have been rescued at sea, the French authorities have reportedly mentioned.
Before Wednesday’s tragedy, 14 folks drowned this yr making an attempt to achieve the UK, a French maritime official mentioned. Last yr, a complete of seven folks died and two disappeared in the English Channel.
Search and rescue name
In July, IOM Director-General António Vitorino referred to as for “urgent and proactive steps” to cut back the loss of life of migrants travelling by harmful sea routes to Europe.
His enchantment adopted a pointy rise in the quantity of deaths in the first six months of the yr, after at least 1,146 folks died making an attempt to achieve Europe by boat from (*27*) to June, the UN migration company mentioned.
“Increasing search and rescue efforts, establishing predictable disembarkation mechanisms and ensuring access to safe and legal migration pathways,” the IOM Director-General maintained.
In September the IOM reported a pointy enhance in the deaths and disappearances of migrants at sea heading to Spain’s Canary Islands, alongside the West African coast. By the tip of September, 785 folks, together with 177 ladies and 50 youngsters, had died or disappeared in 2021.
Among the UN’s suggestions to States to forestall additional tragedies, UNHCR has reiterated the significance of persevering with to lift consciousness of the dangers posed by sea crossings and of the false info given by smugglers who exploit the misery of youngsters, ladies and men who’ve left their dwelling international locations.
The improvement of authorized and safe channels akin to household reunification visas is crucially vital to make sure the protection of migrants, the UN company insisted.