Migrants tragedy at sea

France and Britain sought answers on Thursday on how to deter migrants from trying to cross the sea separating them after 27 people died making the attempt in an inflatable dinghy, the worst accident of its kind in the Channel on record.

French authorities are now estimating that 27 people lost their lives in yesterday’s Channel crossing tragedy, a slight downgrade on the figure of 31 that was originally announced on Wednesday.

The Refugee Council has called on the UK government to urgently adopt “fairer, more compassionate and effective” solutions to allow people to reach the UK and claim asylum.

In a statement published on its website, the NGO said the government must “commit and deliver the expansion of existing safe routes” for migrants, including “an annual resettlement target of at least 10,000 refugees”