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 with last year as authorities have clamped down on other routes, including crossings by train and cargo trucks. Successful crossings have encouraged a growing number of migrants to attempt the journey via the Dover Strait. But the route, which uses the channel’s narrowest point, also crosses one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and is highly dangerous for people in small flimsy, boats, especially when strong currents and high winds prevail.

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