Tuesday, March 01, 2016

STATEMENT: Calais Jungle closure

Calais Jungle closure continues: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-35693882

-          French authorities have been slow to act in closing the Jungle because they expected the scenes we see today.

-          Calais migrants don’t want to stay in the Jungle – nor do they want to remain in France.

-          Many seem to fear that choosing to have their asylum claims heard in France will mean that they won’t be able to get to Britain.

-          But there is no right for migrants to claim asylum in any country of their choosing – if in France, the claims should be heard in France.

-          Gaining asylum and settlement in France would allow migrants to head to Britain in future – and lawfully.

-          But migrants wanting asylum claims heard in Britain seem unaware about 60% rejected – so coming to the UK might not have the result many expect.

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