Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep 

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Three migrants were killed and one seriously injured by a train as they slept on railway tracks in southwest France.

The three victims were killed instantly when the train hit them on the tracks in Ciboure, near Saint-Jean-de-Luz, southwestern France, at about 5.30am today in what one official called a ‘terrible human drama’.

One of those who died was a 21-year-old man, while a fourth migrant survived with only a broken leg.

The migrants are believed to have crossed over the border from Spain, which is around seven miles away.

The mayor of Ciboure, Eneko Aldana-Douat, said a heightened police presence meant some migrants shied away from main roads. 

‘The victims are migrants who were sleeping or were lying next to the tracks,’ he told the BFM TV channel.

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, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

Three Algerian migrants were killed instantly when a train struck them as they lay sleeping on a railway track in southwestern France

, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

Another person survived, although they were seriously injured and rushed to hospital with a broken leg

, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

The accident happened in Ciboure, near Saint-Jean-de-Luz, southwestern France, at about 5.30am today. The regional prosecutor Jerome Bourrier, from Bayonne city, said the victims appeared to be Algerian migrants who had been expelled from Spain

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, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

San-Juan-de-Luz police station and the Bayonne judicial police opened an investigation after the incident

He said ‘many migrants pass through the area’ after they cross the border illegally from Spain and they often stay away from main roads towards Paris and Bordeaux because of ‘police pressure’.

The regional prosecutor Jerome Bourrier, from Bayonne city, said the victims appeared to be Algerian migrants who had been expelled from Spain and had been sleeping on the tracks.

He said it was a ‘terrible human drama’. 

The train was travelling northbound from Hendaye, a seaside resort town on France’s border with Spain, towards the city of Bordeaux. 

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, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

The mayor of Ciboure, Eneko Aldana-Douat, suggested migrants were avoiding capture by staying away from main roads heading towards Paris and Bordeaux

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, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

The train was travelling northbound from Hendaye, a seaside resort town on France’s border with Spain, towards the city of Bordeaux.

Mr Bourrier said one of the victims was a 21-year-old man who had recently received an expulsion order from Spanish immigration police. 

Two others had documents suggesting they were in the same situation but French police had not yet verified their identities.

Mr Bourrier said while migrants walk on the tracks in the area, given its proximity to the border, ‘what’s more surprising here is that the people were lying down, even resting’.

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, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

Although there were initially delays, trains resumed within three hours, France’s national rail company SNCF said

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, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

Police attended the scene early on Tuesday morning and were trying to understand why the migrants would sleep on the tracks

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, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

Bayonne prosecutor Jerome Bourrier said while migrants walk on the tracks in the area, given its proximity to the border, ‘what’s more surprising here is that the people were lying down, even resting’

The only survivor is seriously injured in hospital although the Bayonne prosecutor said their life was not in danger.

A police spokesman said it was unclear why the migrants were on the tracks but the San-Juan-de-Luz police station and the Bayonne judicial police opened an investigation.

Although there were initially delays, trains resumed within three hours, France’s national rail company SNCF said. 

The number of migrants in France has steadily increased in the last ten years.

The latest records show the number of migrants jumped by 77,080 from 194,920 in 2009 to 272,000 in 2019, according to Statista.

It comes as tensions rose between France and the UK as Priti Patel threatened to hold back £54million of funding for the Channel migrant operation unless Paris stepped up efforts to limit the flow of migrants to Britain. 

France has been making veiled threats about its activities to quell the problem, with interior minister Gerald Darmanin complaining that ‘not one euro has been paid’ of the pledged funds.

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, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

A group of migrants were brought into Dover, Kent, by Border Force officers yesterday after their small boat was picked up in the Channel

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, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

Tensions were fraught between France and the UK since Priti Patel threatened to hold back £54million of funding for the Channel migrant operation unless Paris stepped up efforts to limit the flow of migrants to Britain 

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, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

Although more than 18,000 migrants have crossed the Channel illegally into Britain so far this year, the number of migrants in France jumped by 77,080 in the space of ten years

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, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

People smugglers took advantage of calm seas before the weather closed in to make dozens of crossings to the UK 

Border Force officers have detained 1,568 migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats in just four days as the crisis continues.

People smugglers took advantage of calm seas before the weather closed in to make dozens of crossings.

Around 20 to 30 migrants were brought into Dover yesterday, although official figures have yet to be confirmed.

On Thursday 89 were intercepted before 624 were detained on Friday. 

A whopping 491 migrants were intercepted on Saturday and a further 364 on Sunday.

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It takes the total so far in October to 1,568 after a spell of two weeks where weather conditions were too rough for inflatables to attempt the 21 mile treacherous crossing. In September there were a record 4,646 detained.

Official figures take the number detained in the UK so far this year to 18,641. 

Migrant routes to Europe: What are the long and perilous routes thousands of people are taking?

Illegal migrants seeking to enter Europe use various long and perilous routes that are evolving as authorities attempt to stem the flow of new arrivals.

Here is an overview of how people are reaching the continent.

How do migrants reach Europe?

Most arrive by crossing the Mediterranean, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), with 172,000 entering through Greece, Italy and Spain last year.

The number of arrivals is down sharply from the peak in 2015, when 1.02 million entered Europe via the Mediterranean.

Since the start of this year there have been 44,370 arrivals; that is far below the 48,000 who entered Greece over just five days in October 2015.

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, Three Algerian migrants killed by a train in France after lying down on tracks for a sleep , The Today News USA

Maltese paramedics aid migrants on board the Lifeline NGO rescue vessel stranded in the Mediterranean with more than 200 migrants as it finally berthed in Valletta, Malta, on 27 June 2018

What are the routes across the Mediterranean?

Most of the crossings last year were from Libya or Tunisia into Italy, known as the ‘Central Mediterranean’ route, says the EU’s Frontex border agency.

It was used by 118,962 people, mostly Nigerians, Guineans and Ivorians.

But arrivals via this route have plunged 75 per cent since a controversial July 2017 deal between Rome and the Libyan coastguard.

Crossings have also dropped sharply from Turkey to Greece, the ‘Eastern Mediterranean’ route. After close to 900,000 migrants in 2015, Frontex recorded only 42,000 last year, essentially Afghans, Iraqis and Syrians.

The decline came after a 2016 deal between the EU and Turkey in which Ankara agreed to take back illegal migrants landing on Greek islands in exchange for billions of euros in aid and other incentives.

More recently there has been a sharp increase in the use of a route between Morocco and Spain.

Nearly abandoned until 2000, this ‘Western Mediterranean’ route saw 23,000 crossings last year, mostly of Algerians, Ivorians and Moroccans. 

The number of migrants and refugees using the route to reach Spain stood at 20,992 between January 1 and July 25 according to the International Organization for Migration.

This compared to Italy, where just over 19,500 have arrived up to August 23, and at least 13,120 in Greece, according to UNHCR.

The renewed popularity of the route is straining Spain’s law-enforcement response and its social safety networks. 

Of the 972 who lost their lives at sea trying to make the crossing to Europe, nearly a third (292) died trying to reach Spain. 

Other ways into Europe

The main secondary route into the EU is through the western Balkans into Eastern Europe.

Around 12,000 people entered this way last year, most of them Afghans, Iraqis and Pakistanis – a sharp reduction from the 760,000 in 2015.

But this path joins up with one used by migrants who have already passed through Turkey and Greece, meaning the actual numbers of new arrivals don’t always add up.

Routes into Europe are constantly evolving: according to the French embassy in Slovenia, a new one is developing from Greece through Albania, Croatia and Slovenia, with nearly 1,800 crossings between January and May this year.

An ‘Arctic route’ was briefly in operation 2015 when about 100 migrants crossed a day from Russia into Norway on bicycle.

Getting through Africa

There are also several routes from African countries to departure points on the Mediterranean, some involving a dangerous crossing of the Sahara desert.

A Somali leaving from Mogadishu, for example, could travel via Addis Ababa, Khartoum, Cairo and then Tripoli, ahead of the sea crossing to Europe.

An Ivorian leaving from Abidjan might pass via Ouagadougou, Niamey and Agadez – Niger’s renowned ‘gateway to the Sahara’ – to reach Libya.

The high human toll

The UNHCR says it has registered 16,607 migrants dead or missing at sea since 2014.

To this should be added the toll for the perilous Sahara crossing, which the International Organization for Migration says is probably as high as that for the Mediterranean.

United for Intercultural Action, a Dutch group which records the identities of victims of the crossings, says at least 34,361 migrants have died trying to reach Europe since 1993.

‘Thousands of others have never been found,’ it says.

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