How much longer is Europe going to tolerate its borders being used like a cheap hooker on Fisherman’s Wharf?
Migrants quit Calais camp and leave all this behind: Abandoned tents, filthy sleeping bags and burnt-out beer cans cover sports hall as 2,000 are forced to leave site after a year living in squalor
What was once a sports hall for factory workers now resembles a rubbish dump, with mattresses, cardboard boxes and tents all abandoned. The detritus has been left by the 2,000-strong group of migrants who have been sleeping rough on the site in Calais, France, for more than a year in an attempt to reach Britain. They were given until yesterday to vacate their illegal camp – dubbed the Jungle – or face arrest.
Many have simply upped sticks and moved half a mile along the coast to a new camp. Dubbed the ‘new Sangatte’, it will offer legal advice for migrants wishing to apply for asylum in the UK and will cost about £6million a year to run. Half of the bill will be paid using a £3million ‘special’ grant from the EU which will include money from UK taxpayers. The other half is paid by the French government. Men are not allowed to stay, but can use the facilities during the day and many have set up their tents in nearby sand dunes.