Migrants in the Channel: how Brexit complicates the resolution of the crisis?

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A group of migrants attempting to cross the Channel this Wednesday, November 24, 2021 © GONZALO FUENTES / REUTERS

By: Clémentine Pawlotsky

1 min

Tensions have risen again between France and the UK after last week's tragedy.

Twenty-seven migrants died trying to cross the Channel to reach the British coast.

They had left for the French coast.

It is the deadliest migratory drama ever known in this area.

In the process, Paris and London have shown their willingness to step up their efforts to fight against the smugglers who organize these illegal crossings.


But the two countries are passing the buck and France is now calling on the United Kingdom to reach an agreement with the European Union on this issue.

Meanwhile, human lives are at stake. So how can we end this crisis?

How does Brexit complicate its resolution?

Decryption with:

- Virginie Guiraudon

, CNRS research director at the Center for European and Comparative Studies at Sciences Po Paris, specialist in European immigration policies, author of 

Immigration policies in Europe

 (Ed. L'Harmattan) 

- Thibaud Harrois,

 lecturer in British Civilization at Sorbonne Nouvelle University. 


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