“safe routes to sanctuary” are needed pleads Cardinal as children and pregnant woman are among 27 Channel victims

Following the tragic death of at least 27 migrants in the Channel on Wednesday – the worst-ever migrant tragedy in that body of water – Cardinal Vincent Nichols said:

“The terrible loss of so many lives in the Channel is a tragic summons to action. This event illustrates graphically both the ruthless evil of the traffickers and the desperation of those trying to escape poverty, conflict or persecution in search of a better life.

“Every one is a child of God, with an innate dignity and worth. Focussed international cooperation, safe routes to sanctuary and joint efforts to tackle poverty are all needed in the face of a global flood of desperate humanity.”


On Saturday, 25 September, the day before the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Bishop Paul McAleenan led a service of reflection and prayer on the seafront in Dover. The group gathered to pray at the Migrants Memorial on the front that was installed in memory of those who have lost their lives seeking sanctuary in the UK.

PIC: Overloaded rubber dinghies like this one used by Turkish refugees to reach Greece are being supplied by criminal gangs for crossing the English Channel (c) Nicolas Economou