Calais: new facet of migrant crisis in Europe
The dismantling of “the jungle” has begun by relocating the migrants from Calais which had become the symbol of Europe’s refugee crisis.
“A team of around 40 private contractors moved in, picking apart by hand abandoned shelters,” said FRANCE 24’s Catherine Norris Trent, reported from Calais.
The camp, which has been home to an approximately 6,500 people including unaccompanied and separated children, was reportedly set on fire by migrants opposing the site’s demolition, with minor explosions.
According to Celine Schmitt, spokeswoman for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), some of the children have been offered the chance to relocate to the Britain. Nearly 200 will make the journey including 150 who will reunite with families already living there.
The majority of the migrants and refugees are heading towards The Britain, which is connected to France by rail. The migrants are mainly from Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Sudan and Eritrea, who left their land because of war and poverty.
However, protests have begun in Croisilles, France, even before the migrants had arrived. The protesters demonstrated by shouting “we don’t want them!”
In between Queen Margarethe II of Denmark has urged Muslims arriving in Europe to adopt Western Values. The queen stated, “Living here doesn’t make you one of us”. Denmark has taken in just under 15,000 asylum seekers in the last nine months, according to Government statistics.
Europe is taking quick and well- organized approach to the migration problem. While American government is taking a slothful approach in the name of security. They are simply forgetting the fact that the migrants are the products of American military intervention Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.