292 migrants rescued from the English Channel near Caliso

Calais (AP) – In the English Channel near Calais in France, 292 migrants were rescued from distress at sea on Tuesday who wanted to cross the strait in small boats to Great Britain.

Several French navy ships, the coast guard, customs and a naval helicopter were involved in relief operations, the maritime province announced on Wednesday. The rescued were brought to the ports of Calais and Dunkirk and looked after by assistants.

By the end of August this year, only 16,000 migrants had been rescued across the English Channel, a significant increase compared to previous years. A similar number made the crossing to Great Britain. The British government, which introduced a new, rigid immigration system after Brexit, is a thorn in the side of illegal migrants. London and Paris have recently agreed to increase their control of the coast.

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In Calais, where hundreds of migrants wait to cross, efforts have been made to find good accommodation in the area. The head of the French Immigration and Integration Authority (OFII), Didier Leschi, traveled to the port city as an intermediary. Three representatives of aid organizations are on hunger strike to protest the living conditions of migrants.

Leschi on Wednesday announced the construction of an emergency shelter for 300 migrants in Calais. After a night there, the refugees must be delivered by bus to quarters outside the city, broadcaster France Info reported. The mayor of Calais, Natacha Butchart, protested the emergency shelter. “It’s out of the question,” she quoted the broadcaster as saying, adding that there is no suitable place for it in the city.

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The French authorities, who regularly break up small tent camps, want to prevent the re-emergence of a “Calais jungle”. It refers to an actual tent city of refugees, in which about 9,000 migrants were living when police were evacuated in 2016.

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