Bishop urges UK and France to tackle migrant canal crossings


Mgr Paul McAleenan

Source: Vatican / CCN NewsIn April 2020, the known number of migrants crossing the Channel from France was over 400 – the highest monthly record on record. The total number of migrants registered in the UK in the first four months of 2020 was 864.

UK Senior Bishop for Migrants and Refugees Bishop Paul McAleenan this week called on the UK and French governments to work together to eliminate the underlying reasons that see many migrants risking their lives in an attempt to cross the Channel to get to Great Britain.

Recently, Interior Minister Priti Patel met with her French counterpart, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, to discuss ways to fight against illegally facilitated crossings of the Channel by small boats. As a result, the two ministers signed a declaration of intent. The document agreed that a Franco-British operations research unit would target the network of criminal gangs behind migrant smuggling.

Bishop McAleenan said in his message: “Their goal must be to determine why so many people choose to flee their homelands and use their influence to eradicate the underlying reasons why these same people are ready. to risk their lives at sea. ”

Bishop McAleenan also stressed that the protection of vulnerable people must be a priority. “Surely two countries that pride themselves on being progressive and enlightened will see that the well-being of those in need is vital. The protection of people must be at the forefront of their thinking. ”

Keywords: Calais, Refugees, Migrants, Bishop Paul McAleenan, Priti Patel, Gérald Darmanin, Channel

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