Cameron phones Hollande over Calais migrant crisis

Cameron, Hollande talk on phone on migrant Crisis at Calais, as British Labour Party urges Cameron to demand compensation for economic loss

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

French gendarmes block migrants along a road to prevent them access to train tracks which lead to the Channel Tunnel

Britain’s Labour party demanded compensation from the French government for the  Calais migrant crisis plaguing Britain. British Prime Minister David Cameron called French President Francois Hollande with the two men agreeing to tackle with migrant crisis together.

The British Prime Minister’s office announced that Cameron called Hollande on Friday to discuss safety measures on both sides of the Eurotunnel, and ways to prevent migrants from entering into the restricted areas.

After strengthening safety measures at the Eurotunnel entrance in Calais, French security officials reported that 800 migrants gathered at the entrance and 300 of them were able to get through, of which 150 were chased and returned back to Calais.

Labour Party leader Harriet Harman wrote a letter addressed to Cameron and urged the Prime Minister to demand compensation from the French government for  “hauling companies, businesses, self-employed people and holidaymakers caught up in the crisis.”

Chairing the second emergency meeting on Friday, Cameron and government officials had agreed to build more fences on the Calais entrance of the Eurotunnel, increasing the border force and dog teams in Calais and creating larger parking zones for the pulled over trucks.

Criticising Cameron’s usage of the word “swarm”, Harman wrote that “over the last few days, your approach has been devoid of any serious solution to the crisis. You have failed to initiate any diplomatic pressure on the French Government to assess asylum claims and make sure proper immigration procedures are followed. Instead you have chosen to inflame the situation with incendiary and divisive language, which will serve only to escalate the problem.”

After Friday’s emergency meeting, the number of security guards employed at Calais has exceeded 600.

Eurotunnel, the company that manages and operates the Channel Tunnel between France and Britain, reported that 2,000 migrants tried to enter the tunnel illegally on Monday, and 1,500 more on Tuesday, and Wednesday.

On the third night of the attempts, French police and Eurotunnel security guards prevented hundreds of migrants from entering into the Channel Tunnel.

As a result of migrants trying to enter the tunnel by using lorries or trains, the border police pulled over lorries in order to prevent smuggling of migrants through trucks.

The practice caused chaos, resulting in long waits and delays for the cars waiting to cross the tunnel.

TRTWorld and agencies