It gets worse (see Harraga and Hittistes I).
There are reports coming out of Algeria that towards the end of August the Algerian coast-guard intercepted two-dozen would-be clandestine escapees, known as harraga and the subject of my earlier post.
Nothing new in that, except to say that one of these 21st century "boat people" was a man aged 70.
Why should a man in his twilight years flee the only country that he has ever known for seven decades?
"I wanted to get to France"
"To see my five children who've been living there for years and years. I've asked (the Algerian authorities) so many times for a visa to visit them, but each time en vain".