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IMMIGRATION TIPS

France to build migrants camp at Grande-Synthe for the first time in 13 years

BRITAIN could face another wave of illegal migrants after France announced plans to build a second migrant camp on its northern coast.

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The new centre will be built close to the existing unofficial camp at Grande-Synthe, near Dunkirk .

The facility, which will cost the French taxpayer £1.1million, will be closet the notorious Sangatte camp, which closed in 2002, and will be 50 miles from Britain.

The current Grande-Synthe site houses 2,500 migrants and refugees, mostly Iraqi Kurds.

It is believed the majority of them wish to move to Britain – contrary to international asylum law which says they must remain in the first safe country they arrive in.

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The muddy campsite is close to the Jungle camp at Calais, which is home to 5,000 people.

And it is feared people smugglers are calling the shots at the site.

As a result, the French authorities are being urged to take control of the location and allow aid agencies to run it.

Grande-Synthe has expanded dramatically since security near ferry terminals and the Channel Tunnel were tightened in response to the refugee crisis in the summer.

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The town’s Mayor, Damien Careme said the current site was the “camp of shame”.

He added “The NGOs tell me they have never seen anything like it, even in countries at war.”

Conservative MP Tim Loughton, a member of the Commons’ home affairs select committee, said: “This is a really unhelpful move by France on all fronts.

“If they are genuine about looking after refugees then it needs to be at their point of entry rather than as a jumping-off point for the UK, where they have no right of abode.

“This sends out an unhelpful signal to more people who are led to believe – often by illegal traffickers – that the streets of Britain are paved with gold.”

Immigration minister James Brokenshire said: ““We continue to work closely with the French authorities at both political and operational levels on a package of measures to bolster ports in northern France.

“This includes physical and personnel security measures and wider work to tackle criminal gangs involved in people trafficking, much of which has already been delivered under the Anglo/French Agreement.

“France has also opened up thousands of new places in its asylum system – and we have started to see migrants voluntarily leave northern France in their hundreds to take up these places.

“The message is clear – those in genuine need of protection will find it elsewhere in France.”

Source : Express UK

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About Ayotunde Aboderin

A professional blogger, an online Journalist and a passionate Immigration and visa Affairs individual.

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