Pakistani migrant dies after attempt to enter Channel Tunnel

Officials say migrant died after being badly burnt while attempting to enter Channel Tunnel in a bid to reach Britain


Afp July 22, 2015
PHOTO: AFP

LILLE: A Pakistani migrant has died after being badly burnt while attempting to enter the Channel Tunnel in Calais in a bid to reach Britain, French officials said Monday.

"One of three migrants who were involved in the accident last week has died," the northern Pas-de-Calais prefecture told AFP in a statement.

According to a migrant solidarity blog, the dead man was a 23-year-old Pakistani who succumbed on Friday to injuries he received on the night of July 13.

The three migrants had tried to board a ferry before entering the tunnel where they were hit by an electric charge.

The previous week, another migrant died in the Channel Tunnel.

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In all, at least four people have died in and around the tunnel entrance in recent weeks, showing the risks incurred by migrants desperate to reach Britain.

Thousands of migrants are camped out around the port in the northern city of Calais, in the hope of climbing aboard lorries travelling to Britain on ferries or entering the nearby Channel Tunnel.

The migrants, whose presence has long caused friction between London and Paris, sometimes go to dramatic lengths to smuggle themselves into Britain, and have even been recorded trying to swim across the Channel.

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In recent weeks, traffic through the Channel Tunnel has been repeatedly disrupted by protesting French sailors, as well as attempts by migrants to smuggle through the undersea passage.

The Eurotunnel company distributes pamphlets in nine languages near the tunnel to warn migrants of the risks involved in attempting to cross the Channel illegally.

Eurotunnel, which manages the Channel Tunnel and its vehicle shuttle services, also owns three ships that operate under the brand name MyFerryLink, which it bought from bankrupt French carrier SeaFrance in 2012.

SeaFrance crew members briefly blocked Calais port again on Monday angered by plans to sell two of the ships to rival ferry company DFDS.

COMMENTS (4)

Saira Khan | 5 years ago | Reply @Ashraf: A state built on Islam, doesn't necessarily mean Islam is being followed there. There is more Islam in Europe and US than in Muslim countries.
Bilal | 5 years ago | Reply @ Hmm: Let us not PRETEND to be "Grammar-GODS" while people are dying. The word "migrant" has correctly been used in this news item though. See the following links: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Migrant "A migrant is an active party in migration". Also the other English newspapers are using the same term, check here, so the word has correctly been used: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/487593/Illegal-migrants-in-Calais-are-using-Channel-Tunnel-chaos-to-try-and-get-into-Britain Dreaming a comfortable life in Europe or anywhere else is not prohibited, but people should stick to the legal ways to migrate otherwise there are many who are living miserably in Europe while their families are back home. They can't go back nor they can bring their families with them. May God bless departed soul, amen.
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