A tragedy in the Channel squib

At least 27 people died when their boat sank in the Channel attempting to reach the UK. Diane Taylor reports on a tragedy that was long in the making – and avoidable

Pregnant women and three children were among the 27 people who drowned trying to cross the Channel in an inflatable boat. The tragedy occurred on Wednesday and is the deadliest incident since the migration crisis began.

Diane Taylor has been reporting on the crisis from both sides of the Channel for years as people-smugglers have switched their focus away from lorries to the much more dangerous route across the 21-mile stretch of water in small boats. She tells Hannah Moore that at the heart of the problem is a political failure of both the UK and France to provide enough safe and legal routes to asylum.

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