There has been registered outrage from Amnesty International after Philip Hammond called migrants at Calais, ‘marauders’.
Whilst visiting Singapore on Sunday, the Foreign Secretary told BBC News that the migrants entering Europe from the African continent were a threat to the “standard of living and social structure” of European countries. He further went on to say, “so long as there are large numbers of pretty desperate migrants marauding around the area there will always be a threat to the tunnel's security” and therefore deporting those who were not entitled to stay back to their country of origin was the “number one priority”.
To maraud denotes seeking to engage in criminal activity or theft.
Steve Symonds from Amnesty International explicitly hit back at Hammond’s comments, stating that "rather than throwing up the drawbridge and talking about how Europe can 'protect' itself from migrants, Mr Hammond should be working with our EU partners to ensure that people don't drown in the Mediterranean or get crushed beneath lorries at Calais”, according to the Independent.
Meanwhile the Telegraph turned their criticism towards the comments David Cameron had made two weeks ago to ITV on the Calais crisis that mirror Hammond’s.
Cameron said, “we have to deal with the problem at source and that is stopping so many people from travelling across the Mediterranean in search of a better life. That means trying to stabilise the countries from which they come, it also means breaking the link between travelling and getting the right to stay in Europe.
“This is very testing, I accept that, because you have got a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean seeking a better life, wanting to come to Britain because Britain has got jobs, it’s got a growing economy, it’s an incredible place to live. But we need to protect our borders by working hand in glove with our neighbours, the French, and that is exactly what we are doing.”
The UN rapporteur François Crepeau has described Britain’s actions towards Calais migrants as racist.