Pregnant women, children among 27 dead in English Channel
CALAIS, France (AP) — Children and pregnant women were among at least 27 migrants who died when their small boat sank in an attempted crossing of the English Channel, a French government official said Thursday. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin also announced the arrest of a fifth suspected smuggler thought to have been involved in what was the deadliest migration tragedy to date on the dangerous sea lane. In their immediate response to the sinking, French authorities initially gave slightly differing figures on the numbers of dead, from at least 27 to 31. The figure that Darmanin used Thursday morning on RTL radio was 27.
© Filippo Monteforte, Filippo Monteforte Pool / AFP / file is Lesbos, in April 2016, that Pope Francis had Launched his famous: "We are all migrants.
But with the memories of the crisis of 2015 still fresh, the government in Athens has hardened its stance towards migrants , building closed holding centres in anticipation of a possible wave of refugees from Taliban-conquered Afghanistan, and intercepting boats at sea. Nobody flees who was 'Living normally'. Attitudes in the once welcoming local community, which was nominated for the Nobel Peace Price in 2016, have turned increasingly defensive too. "Why is the pope coming?
Pope Francis met dozens of migrants who have sought refuge in Cyprus and prayed with them on Friday, the second day of his visit to the Mediterranean island. At a prayer service at the Church of the Holy Cross in the capital, Nicosia, the pope offered 50 migrants and refugees the chance to move to Italy in a gesture of solidarity. The Cyprus Mail reported that among those migrants meeting the pope were two Cameroon students that had been stuck for the past six months in the UN buffer zone that splits the island.
After a first stop in Cyprus, the Pope starts this Saturday, December 4 a three-day visit to Greece, which will be marked by a passage Sunday in Lesbos. It will be the second visit of the Pope, after that of 2016, on this island symbol of migratory flows, which has housed the camp of Moria - long the largest in Europe - destroyed by a fire in September 2020.
with our envoy Special in Lesbos, Joel Bronner
In recent days, the reception conditions of the temporary camp, which replaced that of Moria, have been partially improved just before the symbolic and media visit of the Pope. In Lesbos, even if they rejoice, a lot smiles. A situation described, among others, Marion Bouchettel, the NGO Legal Center Lesvos: "Several tents have been replaced, the great tents that housed 80 to 100 people and who burned mid-November were evacuated. There are many buildings and cleaning that are in progress. But it is not representative of what is happening and living conditions that are imposed on people in these camps. »(19s)
France lashes out at Britain's latest proposal on migrants
CALAIS, France (AP) — France reacted with fury Friday to Britain's latest proposals for dealing with the deadly flow of migrants between their shores. The French government said a British minister was no longer welcome at a European meeting to discuss the problem and portrayed the British prime minister as duplicitous. The angry response, delivered by government spokesman Gabriel Attal, came after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked that France take back all migrants who cross illegally from its shores to Britain. Johnson proposed the deal in a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron.
Pope Francis arrived in Cyprus Thursday, where he called on residents to "welcome and integrate one another," referencing the divisions that the migrant crisis has sowed on the island nation.
Pope Francis denounced the 'indifference' the West shows migrants as the Vatican confirmed at least a dozen asylum-seekers would be transferred from Cyprus to Italy in a gesture of solidarity with countries that have borne the brunt of receiving would-be refugees.
The Vatican didn't immediately respond when asked about the discrepancy, though presumably more could eventually be transferred since Sant'Egidio for years has run relocation and 'humanitarian corridor' services to bring migrants to Italy legally.
Video: Cyprus: The Pope calls" the unit "in the middle of the migratory crisis (France 24)
Beyond the cosmetic evolutions that engendered the arrival of the pope For George Pallis, former deputy and pharmacist, who discusses daily with the inhabitants of the capital of Mytilene Island, this arrival of the Sovereign Pontiff does not cause as much expectations as that of 2016.
"the first time, when The pope had come, the atmosphere was different, people hoped for a change, something different. This time the enthusiasm is not the same.
A minimum, the impending visit of the Pope will have already brought a slight change: the one, just before the winter, the accommodation conditions of the asylum seekers of the lesbos camp.
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© AP - Alessandra Tarantino Pope Francis exchanging with migrants during his visit from the Camp Mavarouvoni on the island of Lesbos, the 5th December 2021. Sunday, December 5th, Pope Francis visited Lesbos Island. It was his second visit in five years on this island, symbol of migratory flows to Europe. A new host and identification center, Mavarouvoni, replaced that of Moria, destroyed by a fire at the end of 2020.