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Calais, France –

A year after 27 migrants drowned trying to reach the United Kingdom from northern France in what was described as the worst maritime disaster in the English Channel in 30 years, the number of migrant crossings has only risen.

In fact, 2022 has already broken previous records. So far this year, more than 40,000 people have made the perilous journey across the world’s busiest shipping lanes, according to the UK government, compared with 28,500 last year, 8,400 in 2020 and 1,900 in 2019.

CTV News spoke to asylum seekers waiting for a dinghy and favorable weather in Calais. A man from Afghanistan told us he has 3,000 euros ($4,100) ready and is waiting for word from the smugglers. An Iranian man whose asylum request was rejected in France has since tried to reach Britain three times. Asked if he feared dying while trying to cross, he laughed pointing to the temporary camp and asked what the alternative was.

They come from Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Albania and Sudan, among other countries. English language is a big factor and for those looking for undocumented work, they’ve heard that slipping into the black market is much easier than in other countries. There are some of them who would be eligible for refugee status upon arrival in the UK, but the problem is finding a legal way to land on British soil.

Britain’s minister in charge, Suella Braverman, has called the crisis an “invasion”, but during an exchange with a fellow Conservative MP on a parliamentary committee, she failed to explain that they would leave Britain if they were not given How can I ask for asylum? permission to board a flight to the UK

“We need to open safe and legal routes like we did to Ukraine,” charity worker Lucy Holliday told CTV News during her morning trek through a wooded area in Calais. She spends many of her mornings looking after asylum seekers and making sure they have something to eat. “We’ve proved the UK isn’t full, that we can take more people, and we can open safe passage so no one needs to risk their lives on a small boat crossing the Channel, ” He said.

The camps scatter and when they hear Halliday’s voice offering a meal ticket, an African man unzips his tent, sticks his head out and shouts “Cat food?” While waiting for her chance to move to the UK, she is met by nine cats who now come to her for food.

Nearby, in what used to be an empty field, is only the sound of rain pattering blue tents that shelter young Sudanese men. One is only 17 years old and has been here for months. He does not have the 3,000 Euros needed to travel by canoe, so instead he will try to steal his way onto a truck that will cross the Channel via the Eurotunnel.

For those traveling by boat, 30 kilometers and ruthless smugglers separate them from their final destination. For many people the risk of dying on the way is still better than what they left behind.

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