Ministers meet in Calais to discuss migrants

Many migrants at this northern French camp say they still want to make the perilous crossing to Britain, despite the capsizing of a dinghy last week that claimed the lives of 27 people.

Living here is simply impossible, says NGO worker Pascaline Delaby. What happened last week will happen again if nothing changes.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin convened his counterparts from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and the EU in Calais on Sunday (November 28), to tackle the migrant crisis.

The UK's Priti Patel was disinvited, after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson posted an open letter to President Emmanuel Macron last week, demanding that France agree on joint patrols and take back the migrants that make it to Britain.

French authorities routinely dismantle migrant camps such as this to discourage migrants from coming and attempting the crossing to Britain.

But still they haul their rubber dinghies over the dunes towards the icy waters of the channel.

This group of 40 migrants, including women and children, were filmed casting off from northern France last Wednesday (November 24).

Pope Francis dedicated nearly all of his Sunday message at the Vatican to the support of migrants, urging authorities to respect their humanity and strive to help them.

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