Summary The Guardian – 10 truths about Europe’s migrant crisis
To counter the remarks that swept across the headlines yesterday regarding Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s take on migrants as ‘marauders’, an article emerged from the Guardian debunking the myths about migrants and migration that have emerged over the last few months of media hysteria surrounding camps at Calais.
The article outlined 10 statistics to project a representative and accurate interpretation of migration to Europe and how recent changes to policy affected asylum seekers in the UK. Firstly, the article sought to clarify the reality that the majority seeking asylum were fleeing military conflict and persecution in war torn areas rather due moving primarily due to economic factors.
Following this, it was highlighted that on average “between 2,000-5,000” migrants are in Calais, which was a mere fraction of 200,000 who reached the Mediterranean countries Italy and Greece. It was also illustrated that despite the prevailing stereotype that the majority of migrants in Calais were from Africa, it was revealed by UN figures this year that over half the number of migrants in Europe were from the Middle East and Asia.