Authorities try to contact subsequent of kin of the person, who’s believed to have arrived in England in a small boat on Nov. 12.
“We take the safety of those in our care extremely seriously and are profoundly saddened by this event,” the Home Office stated. “A post-mortem examination will take place so it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”
It stated there was “no evidence at this stage to suggest that this tragic death was caused by an infectious disease.”
Cases of diphtheria, scabies and different communicable illnesses have been reported at Manston, the place individuals who have arrived by boat throughout the English Channel are despatched for safety and id checks earlier than transferring to longer-term lodging.
A surge in arrivals and a bureaucratic backlog has seen folks, together with kids, languishing for weeks. A facility supposed to accommodate at most 1,600 folks had greater than 4,000 occupants final month, after a whole lot had been moved there from one other website that was firebombed by a far-right attacker. The quantity has since dropped.
Independent authorities inspectors who visited the location stated they noticed households sleeping on flooring in prison-like situations that introduced fireplace and well being hazards.
Enver Solomon, chief govt of the Refugee Council, known as for “a thorough and speedy investigation” of the dying.
“Every person in Manston must be looked after with the care and attention they need, so when a tragic death likes this takes place it is always a matter of serious concern,” he stated.
The U.Okay. receives fewer asylum-seekers than many European nations, together with Germany, France and Italy, however 1000’s of migrants from all over the world journey to northern France every year in hopes of crossing the channel. Some wish to attain the U.Okay. as a result of they’ve pals or household there, others as a result of they communicate English or as a result of it’s perceived to be straightforward to search out work.
In latest years there’s been a pointy enhance within the variety of folks making an attempt the journey in dinghies and different small craft as authorities have clamped down on different routes resembling stowing away on buses or vehicles.
More than 40,000 folks have arrived in Britain after making the hazardous Channel journey up to now this yr, up from 28,000 in all of 2021 and eight,500 in 2020.
Dozens have died within the try, together with 27 folks virtually precisely a yr in the past when a packed smuggling boat capsized.
The small-boat crossings are a longstanding supply of friction between Britain and France. Last week the British authorities agreed to pay France 72.2 million euros ($75 million) in 2022-2023 in change for France rising safety patrols alongside the coast by 40%.
In one other try to discourage the crossings, Britain’s authorities has introduced a controversial plan to ship individuals who arrive in small boats on a one-way journey to Rwanda, to interrupt the enterprise mannequin of smuggling gangs. Critics say the plan is immoral and impractical, and it’s being challenged within the courts.