Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve tells migrants to forget trying to go to Britain and claim asylum in France instead, during his visit to the new migrant camp in the French port of Calais where around 1,000 people live in extremely poor conditions.
He claims that ‘asylum in France is the best opportunity for them’. But he added that those who failed to lodge an asylum application would be sent back to the borders of France.
Migrants fear being taken to the countries where they first entered the EU, particularly Italy and Romania, if their applications for asylum in France are turned down. So far this year 455 of those in Calais have claimed asylum in France, which is a small number compared to the 2,400 or so migrants present at any one time in Calais. (last year 29,900 people claimed asylum in France, (UN 2014)
Hundreds of migrants were forced to relocate their shanty town to this new settlement last month, when harassment from riot police is reported. The new camp was described by aid workers as 'the worst camp in Europe – if not the world'. One refugee said conditions were so appalling he would 'die trying' to escape it and sneak into Britain. Many of them do this by jumping on trucks bound for Britain.