The government has “learned nothing” from the avoidable deaths of 31 people in the English Channel, charities have said on the anniversary of the tragedy.
On 24 November 2021, a rubber dinghy with 34 people packed on board sank as they tried to make the dangerous journey to the UK from France.
The catastrophe – the worst ever migrant disaster in the Dover Strait – claimed the lives of most of those aboard, including an unborn baby.
A vigil for those who died will be held in Parliament Square this evening, organised by refugee charity Care4Calais, while another is expected in Dunkirk, France.
The government said its thoughts are with the victims’ families and claimed that its controversial Nationality and Borders Act is beginning to have an impact on people smugglers.
Zana Mamand Mohammad, whose brother lost his life in the disaster, said: “My teenage brother, one year after your disappearance, I have tried non-stop to find anything about you and I have knocked on every…