French Mayor Blames UK As 5 Migrants Die In Channel Crossing Hours After Rwanda Asylum Bill Passed

Five migrants, including a child, died in an attempt to cross the English Channel from France in an overcrowded small boat. The migrants drownings off the French town Wimereux came hours after Britain passed a bill to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda in a move to deter the dangerous journeys. French authorities said the accident took place a few 100 meters from the shore when the boat’s engine stopped and several people fell into the water. The mayor of the French commune of Wimereux blamed British policies that encourage the arrival of migrants for the latest tragedy. “The British are the ones responsible,” said Jean-Luc Dubaele, the mayor of Wimereux.

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