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Plan to use mothballed Manston airport as overflow for Europe-bound lorries expected to avert cross-Channel delays caused by desperate migrants in Calais
The M20 in Kent was open in both directions and Channel tunnel trains running on Monday morning, as plans were being developed to avert further delays being caused by desperate migrants in Calais.
There were some delays to the cross-Channel service, but drivers reported clear roads to Eurotunnel’s Folkestone terminal – in marked contrast to the clogged roads across Kent in recent days.
Landlords who fail to check tenants’ immigration status face five-year jail terms as part of government crackdown to reduce UK’s appeal as a migrant destination
Immigrants living in Britain illegally will face abrupt eviction from rental properties under new laws designed to make Britain a tougher place to live in, the government will announce as it redoubles its response to the Calais migrant crisis.
In a dramatic illustration of the warning directed at migrants, by the home secretary, Theresa May, that Britain’s “streets are not paved with gold”, the government will change the law to allow landlords to evict such immigrants without a court order.
Away from the xenophobic hysteria aimed at desperate immigrants are people taking steps to help newcomers and promote the good things they bring
Judging from the headlines, it sometimes seems no one in Europe wants to help refugees. Record numbers are arriving in Italy and Greece this year, and yet other European governments have agreed to share less than a fifth of them. Hungary is building a wall to keep them out. For the same reason, France has sealed its border with Italy. In Greece, for much of this year there were doubts over the legality of giving a refugee a lift.
But on a local level, there are thousands of people across the continent who are braving the vitriol of their peers, and filling the void left by the politicians. Many Europeans back their governments’ stance but their xenophobia masks another phenomenon – that of a huge drive by ordinary citizens to welcome refugees, rather than reject them. From the Hungarian volunteers providing round-the-clock support to Syrian and Afghani newcomers, to the Spanish priests assisting migrants with paperwork, here are seven movements from across Europe that are fighting for refugees’ rights.
The interior ministers called on Sunday for other European Union countries to help solve the root causes of the migrant crisis at the port of Calais.
Metal sheet featuring Chinese symbols – possibly a door – discovered by passerby on Réunion 15 miles from first piece of debris
A second object – possibly a door – believed to be part of the missing Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 has been found washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion.
The object, a metal sheet featuring Chinese symbols, was discovered by a passerby in Saint Denis, 15 miles (25km) from Saint-André, where the first piece of debris was found.
There’s a mosque, shops and now a school. The students and volunteer teachers want the camp to be a place to live, not just survive
The roof is plastic held up by a crooked tree trunk, the desks just a jumble of cast-off chairs, but the students inside the Chemin des Dunes school are studying with the same intensity you would find in a Oxford seminar. At stake is the hope of a new life in France.
“The French language is very difficult, but we try hard. If we come every day, maybe we can touch our dreams,” says Kamal, a refugee from Sudan’s war-torn Darfur district who comes to three or four hours of classes every day. “It’s a good thing to keep your brain active.”
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With the one women’s centre full, female migrants must take their chances in the main camp often with children in tow and where there is no security
Hannah is 24, five months’ pregnant and can’t remember the last time she had a shower, let alone a medical check-up. The Syrian says she trekked through eight countries, her belly growing all the time, before ending up at Calais.
Here she walks another two miles every evening to try to sneak on to trains and lorries to reach Britain. When morning dawns and she is still in France, she slowly retraces her steps to the makeshift camp.
There are no quick fixes to Europe’s migration challenge or to the disruptions at Calais. But that does not mean nothing can be done
Two hours after returning from his trade mission to south-east Asia on Friday, David Cameron was chairing a well-publicised meeting of the emergency Cobra committee on disruption at the Channel ports. An hour later, Mr Cameron went in front of the cameras to set out the measures the government is taking to keep the migrants out of the ports and to get the lorries moving again. Most of what he announced was sensible, as far as it goes, which is not all that far, because a lot of it had been announced earlier, the issues are complex and implementing these things takes time. Mr Cameron admitted as much himself: “This is going to be a difficult issue right across the summer.” Translated, this means there are no quick fixes. Fresh action by French ferry workers, who again burned tyres on the autoroute approaches into Calais on Friday, showed he was probably right.
The reality, partly for that reason, is that this show of prime ministerial action was indeed more a show than anything else. But a show was needed. Modern politics, with the media playing a decisive direct and indirect role, can make unreasonable demands on politicians. The demands become especially unreasonable at holiday time, when politicians can be portrayed as indifferent to the public suffering or inconvenience. This does not mean that the demands can simply be ignored because they should not be necessary in a rational world.