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08 September 2016 - UK to build a wall to keep out Calais migrants

Publié par Marion Coste le 09/08/2016
UK immigration minister confirms work to start on £1.9m Calais wall
Alan Travis and Angelique Chrisafis (The Guardian, 07/09/2016)


Work is about to begin on “a big, new wall” in Calais as the latest attempt to prevent refugees and migrants jumping aboard lorries heading for the Channel port, the UK’s immigration minister has confirmed.
Robert Goodwill told MPs on Tuesday that the four-metre high wall was part of a £17m package of joint Anglo-French security measures to tighten precautions at the port.
“People are still getting through,” he said. “We have done the fences. Now we are doing the wall,” the new immigration minister told the Commons home affairs committee.

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Four metres high

A Great Wall of Calais
Reuters (The Globe and Mail, 07/09/2016)
Calais is home to the “Jungle” camp where thousands of migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa hope to cross the English Channel to Britain. The camp and a Franco-British border control deal that effectively pushes the British frontier onto mainland France have been hotly debated since Britons voted in a June referendum to leave the European Union.
Attempts by migrants to enter Britain by walking through the Channel Tunnel have sometimes proven deadly: Aid group Auberge des Migrants says 11 migrants have died this year, seven on the highways. Others in Calais have attempted dangerous sea crossings to the Dover coast. (Here’s a report from The Globe’s European correspondent Paul Waldie about a rise in sea crossings this year.)

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UK funding

Britain and France to Begin Work on Wall Near Calais to Keep Migrants From Channel Tunnel
Aurelien Breeden (The New York Times, 07/09/2016)
Construction of a wall to keep migrants from reaching a road that leads to the French port of Calais will begin this month, officials said this week. The wall, a joint project by Britain and France, is the latest attempt to address security concerns and local displeasure with a ramshackle camp for migrants at the English Channel port.
“We are going to start building this big new wall very soon,” Robert Goodwill, the British immigration minister, told Parliament’s Home Affairs Committee in London on Tuesday. “We’ve done the fence, now we are doing the wall.”
The proposed wall will be four meters high, or about 13 feet, and will run for one kilometer, or about 0.6 miles, along both sides of the road that approaches the port of Calais, as an extension of the existing fence and barbed-wire barrier, according to the committee’s press office.
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Calais Jungle

UK and French authorities 'blind' to growing problems in Calais camp
Matthew Weaver and Amelia Gentleman (The Guardian, 30/08/2016)
The crisis in and around the “Jungle” refugee camp near Calais is worse than ever, according to aid agencies and road hauliers, with increased overcrowding and poor sanitary conditions, and a rise in violent attacks on lorry drivers heading to the UK.
The number of people in the camp has reached an all-time high of almost 10,000, months after the French authorities dismantled a significant part of the camp.
Daniel Barney, of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which opened a health centre in the camp, said the French and UK governments were turning a blind eye to the growing problems.
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