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Channel deaths: the UK has clear legal responsibilities towards people crossing in small boats

At least 27 people have drowned in the English Channel attempting to cross in a small boat.

There were three children, seven women, one of whom was pregnant, and 17 men.

  • Mariagiulia Giuffré
  • The Conversation

Although a joint search and rescue operation was seemingly launched in the narrow maritime area between the UK and France (which is only 20 miles wide), the highly equipped authorities of both coastal states were not able to intervene in time to save the victims.

The British government has responded to these deaths by calling on France to take back anyone who attempts the crossing.

Speaking in parliament following the tragedy, Home Secretary Priti Patel placed heavy emphasis on the…

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