After more than two dozen migrants drown in the English Channel, France and Britain spar over solutions to the problem

Nearly three times as many migrants have crossed by sea this year compared to last year as authorities have slowed down other routes, including rail and truck crossings. Successful crossings have encouraged a growing number of migrants to attempt the journey through the Strait of Dover. But the route, which uses the narrowest point of the canal, also crosses one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and is very dangerous for people in small, thin boats, especially when strong currents and high winds prevail.

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