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Migrants determined to make the crossing to the UK say they don’t know where to turn, with either ‘difficult’ or ‘dangerous’ options available.

People in Calais hoping to one day reach England said The independent that those who pass by truck often end up being stopped by the police, but crossing the Channel by boat is perilous, especially in cold weather.

They continued to wait their turn to make the crossing the day after the death of 27 people – including three children – when their rubber dinghy sank in the English Channel.

“I have nowhere to go,” said a man who fled Sudan years ago.

Life seemed to be returning to normal in Calais despite the tragedy of the day before, as much of the daily challenges of life stranded in northern France remained.

Although the atmosphere was described as “gloomy”, men who had fled countries like Afghanistan and Sudan gathered to receive hot food and drinks – and to play football – in the cold weather. ‘afternoon.

They said The independent of their plans to reach England, where they wanted to work, study and marry – despite the difficult journey that involved.

“By boat is dangerous, by car is difficult,” said the man from Sudan.

The recent tragedy – which saw 17 men, seven women and three children drown as they tried to reach the UK – prompted calls for the government to revise its approach to level crossings.

Activists accused the government of being “complicit” to smugglers by forcing migrants to take dangerous routes with its security measures.

An abandoned canoe and other equipment near Calais yesterday

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UK Home Secretary Priti Patel told Parliament on Thursday that she had “not ruled anything out” in terms of “harshness” in efforts to stem the growing flow of people across the Channel into de small boats.

Boris Johnson has also rejected requests to provide safe routes for refugees hoping to reach the UK from mainland Europe.

Migrants in Calais said The independent they had to decide whether to get to the UK by truck or by boat – each trip has its own risks.

A young man, who had fled Afghanistan, said The independent he felt that hiding in a truck was the best way to try, but “it was difficult because of the police.”

But, speaking of going by boat instead, he said, “How good is that? Are you watching this? ”

Another man who had been in Calais for several months recounted The independent it was “too difficult” to go by boat now because it was too cold.

The 40-year-old Sudanese said he will now try his luck by traveling by car.

He hoped that finally going to England would be the end of his seven-year attempt to find a home in Europe, which saw him living in Sweden and Germany; both countries rejected his asylum claims.

Matthew Cowling, an aid worker in Calais, said the situation was “very difficult for the refugees, with police carrying out evictions where people have set up camp on a daily basis.

“The weather in Calais is difficult, it is very cold at night and there are hundreds of men sleeping in the streets,” he added.

He said the atmosphere was “gloomy” on Thursday after the tragedy.

Two men – one from Iraq and one from Somalia – were found suffering from hypothermia following the sinking and are the only survivors, the French interior minister said on Thursday.

Gerald Darmanin told French media that five suspected smugglers had been arrested in connection with the incident.

The boat would have left the region of Dunkirk, where – as well as Calais and Paris – a vigil was organized for the victims Thursday evening.

Vigil organized in Dunkirk for the 27 victims of the sinking of the Channel

(Zoe Tidman)

Locals gathered to light candles in front of a monument overlooking the water in the city in northern France.

“Everyone is completely shocked by what happened,” said Jean Sunan The independent at the vigil in Dunkirk, where candles were lit on a monument overlooking the water.

“There have been deaths before, but around 30 is the first time this has happened.”

Across the Channel, aid workers have said they fear another tragedy looms on the horizon without any change.

The migrants wrapped up warm in Dover after making the crossing the day after the deadly sinking.

Meanwhile, migrants in Calais continued to talk about their hopes for life in the UK.

The 40-year-old Sudanese said The independent he wanted to work as a chef in a restaurant and get married, while a young man from the same country said he wanted to study English.

Another, who said it was too dangerous to stay in Dakar, said he wanted to come to England to study. “Everything is going well in England,” he added.


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