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French borders invite fleeing migrants to Calais

8 Aug 2014
French borders invite fleeing migrants to Calais
  • Calais city of France faced a crisis with approximately 1,200 migrants crossing over into the country.
  • The immigrants were mainly from Eritrea, Sudan and Afghanistan; however, there are groups from Somalia, Pakistan and Chad too.
  • Most of these illegal migrants then made the 20-mile final crossing into Britain.
  • Almost 40 people a day, get smuggled through ferries, or trucks that crossed the Eurotunnel.

UK irks France by its 'fencing' measures

20 Sep 2014
UK irks France by its 'fencing' measures
  • The UK government pledged a £12m assistance to France to tackle the immigrant situation in Calais.
  • UK also offered France the security fences that were used at the NATO summit in Newport to stop the migrants from coming over.
  • UK's 'fence' gift to France greatly irked the authorities who asked Britain to cooperate or else they would seal the port of Calais.

French-English start blame game over Calais crisis

29 Oct 2014
French-English start blame game over Calais crisis
  • The worsening migrant crisis at Calais has become a source of tension between UK and France.
  • The crisis escalation has prompted both French and English officials to level the blame on the other for not doing enough to check the exodus.
  • Natacha Bourchart, the mayor of Calais came under serious attack from British ministers when she went to UK to talk about the crisis.

Death looms as Calais crisis escalates

29 Jul 2015
Death looms as Calais crisis escalates
  • At least 1,500 migrants tried to enter the Channel Tunnel on 28 July 2015, and one man was killed in the process.
  • The death followed a disruption of services on Monday when 2,000 people stormed Eurotunnel's French terminal.
  • The mayor of Calais called for a summit between France and the United Kingdom after the incident to reach a solution.

Cameron threatens to 'throw' out immigrants

1 Aug 2015
Cameron threatens to 'throw' out immigrants
  • David Cameron said that he would 'throw' out migrants trying to illegally get into Britain.
  • He blamed the Calais crisis on "a swarm of people" trying to flee north Africa.
  • The Prime Minister's phrasing came under rebuke from the Refugee Council.
  • Cameron vowed to do more to protect Britain's borders. Security fences are being installed and MPs have called for army deployment.

Outrage over Cameron's 'swarmy' wording

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Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham said "Cameron calling Calais migrants a "swarm" is nothing short of disgraceful. Confirms there's no dog-whistle these Bullingdon Boys won't blow."

French government asks migrants to leave the 'Jungle'

14 Jan 2016
French government asks migrants to leave the 'Jungle'
  • The French government asked the Calais camp 'Jungle' migrants to leave the area before bulldozers came to clear the tents away.
  • The authorities want the migrants to move away from the motorway and nearby houses for safety reasons.
  • The French government is planning to transfer at least 500 migrants to "converted shipping containers fitted with electricity and heating."

Clashes as France tries to clear Calais migrant camps

1 Mar 2016
Clashes as France tries to clear Calais migrant camps
  • As demolition teams dismantled the huts of the migrant camp called the 'Jungle' in Calais, clashes broke out with migrants pelting stones.
  • The migrants trying to access trucks heading towards the port of Calais were pushed back by the officials.
  • The migrants have refused to move to official accommodation provided inside converted shipping containers fearing that they will be forced to move to France.