“The Jungle is our house. Please don’t destroy it. If you do so, where is the place to go?” That’s a question for French authorities who now have to decide what to do with the hundreds of illegal migrants they have just evicted, following this morning’s clearing of the migrant camp in Calais. It’s a common story that isn’t going away, so is it time for some fresh thinking -should we just keep our borders open?
In the case of “the Jungle” most are young men and boys from Afghanistan who have paid thousands of dollars to agents to reach European shores. They’ve walked, hitch-hiked, sailed and clung onto lorries for hundreds if not thousands of miles often taking life threatening routes. We spend millions of dollars on border controls, but is the right to work wherever you wish not a fundamental freedom?
Patrick Hayes believes the camp should be demolished but only when European immigrant laws have been reformed, otherwise camps will just be set up elsewhere. And yesterday the EU was openly criticised for not doing more to stop Italy from forcing migrant boats to return to Africa. Here’s the tragic news of the latest boat to have funk off the coast of Morroco.
It’s not just a problem in Europe. In Jakarta the local government has put up a ‘no vacancy’ sign aimed at migrants from neighbouring countries who come to the city for work. Only last week, 65 African migrants were feared dead when their boat capsized on its way to Yemen.
“Immigration reform must include not only legalization of workers already in our communities and work force and increased enforcement at the border, but also a new temporary worker program sufficient to meet our future labor force needs,” argues Daniel Griswold.
Would open borders threaten a wave on mass migration and crime? Or are we just too down on migrants?