An increasing number of people are risking their lives to make it to the UK. The deaths of 27 people on a makeshift boat prompted politicians on both sides of the Channel to prepare a workable response to the crisis. But, recent Anglo-French relations have been at their most tenuous in several decades. So, can anything truly be done to prevent such tragedies? Anna Gross and Robert Wright explore what’s behind this intractable problem and why people in these camps are desperate to make it to the UK, despite the dangers.