Save the Children: Safer pathways needed for migrants

The migrants drowned when their dinghy deflated in the Channel on Wednesday (November 24), one of many such risky journeys attempted each year in rickety, overloaded boats as people flee poverty and conflict in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond.

Wednesday's incident was the worst of its kind on record in the waterway separating Britain and France, one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.

With relations fraught over Brexit and immigration, much of the focus on Thursday (November 25) was on who should bear responsibility, even if both sides vowed to seek joint solutions.

But Save the Children UK, said the responsibility should be shared across governments.

"We're calling for expanding rather than restricting - which is the trend we are we are seeing at the moment - solutions for safe travel so that people are not forced and not feel compelled to give their lives in the hands of unscrupulous smugglers," said Reale.

"No child should lose their lives trying to find safety and refuge, trying to come to the UK," she added. "Unfortunately, it is not unexpected".

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting