More lives will be lost in the English Channel unless urgent action is taken to stop thepolitics with people's lives "ministers were warned as desperate refugees vowed to continue to attempt the perilous journey.
The grim prediction has come as investigators attempted to identify the bodies of at least 27 people, including a pregnant woman and three children, who were believed to be mostly Kurds from Iraq, who drowned on Wednesday .
Images of their deflated gray rubber dinghy floating in the sea brought home the horror of tragedy on Thursday, while that a frightening distress call appeared in which the French coastguard operator alerts ships of several bodies in the water. But members of Parliament from all parties,Experts and activists have raised fears that the tragedy could happen again.
Residents of makeshift camps around Calais and Dunkirk told the Guardian that hundreds of people traveled to northern France via Belarus following a crisis on its with Poland. Many have vowed to continue their plans to cross the UK in search of a better life - and throughout Thursday new arrivals continued to land in Dover.
Thursday evening Boris Johnson wrote to French President Emmanuel Macron set out five measures to prevent a repeat of drownings. They include joint patrols to prevent bateaux to leave French beaches; technologies such as sensors and radars; reciprocal maritime patrols and airborne surveillance; better intelligence sharing to arrest and prosecute smugglers; and a bilateral return agreement with France alongside talks to establish a return agreement between the UK and the EU.
Damian Collins, the Conservative MP for Folkestone told the BBC that more deaths would happen if the French did not increase patrols on northern beaches. Home Minister Priti Patel said it was the French to take measures to prevent further tragedies.
Humanitarian groups have agreed that more deaths were likely but differed from potential solutions , instead pushing the UK government to introduce new safe roads and legal as well as to strengthen existing ones such as resettlement programs. Beth Gardiner-Smith, CEO of Safe Passage International, called on Patel to step down and warned that more tragedies were to come.
"More and more people are risking the frigid and frightening journey across the Channel in small, unstable boats since the government closed safe routes to the UK l 'last year, "she said. " By choosing to play politics with people's lives, the government has failed to prevent people from risking the crossing and it is the result. "
In the shadow of an abandoned warehouse in Grande-Synthe, east of Calais, Shivan told reporters that 'hehad traveled from Iraq to France and would continue his plans to cross. "We just want to live. We 're not afraid to cross. Better to cross.
The drowning victims appear to have been mostly Iraqi Kurds and included 17 men, seven women - one of whom was pregnant - and three children Two surviving men, an Iraqi and a Somali, were being treated for exhaustion and hypothermia in a hospital in Calais.
A judicial investigation was opened by the public prosecutor of Lille, with five men arrested in connection with the incident. The fifth suspect, detained Thursday morning, was driving a car with German license plates and had "bought inflatable boats in Germany".
LThe boat, carrying at least 29 people, would have left Loon-Plage near Dunkirk. They were most likely camping in the dunes near Grande-Synthe.
People are waiting to cross at Grande-Synthe told the Guardian that many of them had data arrived via Belarus , which has been accused of creating a crisis with neighboring Poland in retaliation for EU sanctions. The increase in the number of people arriving in Calais via Belarus underscores the increasingly complex situation European governments are facing in dealing with the refugee crisis.
The Home Office declined to comment on the impact ofe the Belarusian crisis on migratory flows, while the British government has doubled its position with the French. Johnson, who held a Cobra meeting on Wednesday to discuss the incident, suggested that the French government has not always approached the problem it is going through "in a way we believe the situation deserves. ".