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    Calais 'Jungle': Under the Bulldozer of Democracy

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    The French authorities’ decision to demolish the major migrant camp known as the “Jungle” and disperse its varied asylum-seeking inhabitants has rocked France and sparked controversy all across Europe.

    In an article titled “Sooner or later, the Calais ‘Jungle’ will be back – and the British left can’t wait”, written by Nicholas Farrell and carried by The Spectator, the author sarcastically remarks that:

    “At last, those poor migrants will have a decent roof over their heads while they finally get round to applying to the French government for asylum, as nearly all are required to do by the law. But no.”

    He continues by writing that:

    “Instead, the British left and the French right, joined in unholy alliance, are outraged: How dare François Hollande do such a thing! Britain, not France, must take the Calais migrants – they insist – because ‘that is where they want to go’.”

    Nicholas Farrell finally concludes that:

    “Those who refuse to leave the ‘Jungle’ will be arrested, say the police, but no migrant remains in jail for long. They also say that once in the reception centers, the migrants must claim asylum within an as yet unspecified period. Or else, they will be deported. Few ever are.”

    Because of this, he warns:

    Sooner or later, the ‘Jungle’ will be back. What fantastic news that will be. For the British left and the French right.”

    To discuss the situation we are joined by Sergei Oznobischev, Director, Institute of Strategic Assessment (studio guest), Paul Sanders, historian, professor, NEOMA Business School(Paris) and Martin Bentham, London Evening Standard, Home affairs editor (London).

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