An article written by the german Chris Grodotzki, published the german paper “Die Zeit”. Translated by a German, so sorry for the mistakes 😉
“People end up in Calais who want to reach the UK.
But a matchless campaign of eviction makes the numbers of refugees decreasing.
Just off Lampedusa happens one capsize after the other. In Hamburg the police control people who look like Africans to search for the guys who come from Lampedusa illegally to Germany.
In front of the Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, 29 asylum seekers protesting in a dry hunger strike.
You can see the consequences of the migration policies at lots of places. Quite unusually in Calais through the increase of refugees.
Although Calais is the linchpin of passenger traffic between the European continent and great Britain. Not only tourists, truckers and business people come to Calais, there are refugees and migrants from all over the world as well who tried in the past years to come from Calais to Great Britain.
Lots of them are linked with England by the colonial past, family ties or just because of the language. That’s why they try to pass the border, oftentimes on daring and dangerous ways.
But this last 34 kilometers of a often many years old odyssey becomes many times to insurmountable barriers.
The border Calais-Dover is one of the best guarded border crossing withing the European Union. The border patrols go hunting to catch the stowaways with dogs, a apparatus which monitors the heart beat, truck x-ray apparatus and a machine which controls the breathing.
The first term of 2013 14.000 people have been detained who wanted to cross the canal without valid papers.
The first time Calais got into the focus of undocumented migration was in the nineties, when refugees from ex–Yugoslavia came to the city.
Since this time the community of so-called transit-migrants is in permanent movement, referring the size and their composition: After the Kosovans the Afghans came, then the Sudanese, Eritreans, people from Libya and Iranians.
In the meantime the part of people who come from central Africa and Syria becomes bigger and bigger.
2002 the reception camp of the red cross in Sangatte was closed. This camp was constructed for 200 people, but accommodated temporary more than 1.8000. The closure of the camp was especially the consequence of the “Tolérance zéro” – Agenda of the former french Interior Minister Nikolas Sarkozy. In addition, Great Britain put a lot of pressure on France. London and Paris agreed: France closes the emergency accommodation and in return Britain will stop to be “that attractive”, what the former Interior Minister David Blunkett said. The British asylum law got tightened.”