Immigration Crisis On Britain's Doorstep
Date: 26 Feb 2009
ALL MALE, ALL SINGLE, ALL MOHAMMEDAN, ALL FUTURE FIFTH COLUMN.
Eye-opening and scarry news! Be sure to read the comments that follow.
The Islamic hordes are worse than swarms of locusts. Some these posing as "Afghans" are most probably Pakis who try to pass off as Afghan war refugees in order to get asylum into the UK.
Time to bring out the DDT & eliminate the pests.
Immigration Crisis On Britain's Doorstep
5:48am UK, Monday February 23, 2009
Mark White, Home affairs correspondent
A dangerously tense situation is brewing on Britain's doorstep as gangs trafficking refugees to the French coast become more violent, an undercover Sky News reporter has found.
Charities have warned of a crisis due to the number of stranded immigrants
A recent crackdown on border security has left thousands of illegal immigrants stuck for months in port towns as they fail to sneak on board lorries to cross the Channel.
They are living in makeshift camps and facing threats from criminal gangs who prey on their desperation.
The situation is generating a humanitarian crisis just a few miles from Britain, charities are warning.
They have no facilities, little food and their situation is becoming perilous. They appear wild-eyed, exhausted and desperate.
Sky News undercover reporter on immigrants in Calais
Around 1,000 immigrants are thought to be in the Calais area alone, but in an effort to find other routes into the UK many are now heading to alternative ferry terminals, as far down as Saint Malo and Roscoff.
British Immigration Minister Phil Woolas has announced that he plans to travel to Calais in the near future to assess the scale of problem, which he conceded had been made worse because of the improved security measures at the local ferry port.
Both the British and French governments have vowed to go after the organised criminal gangs making millions of pounds trafficking refugees into the coastal towns.
While filming covertly in Calais, Sky's undercover reporter experienced first-hand how dangerous the gangs have become.
Posing as an illegal immigrant from Armenia, he was approached by a pair of Afghan men who warned that his life would be in danger if he did not leave the lorry park.
The said: "The agents [traffickers] round here will kill you if they see you again.
Immigrants have set up camp
"This parking is only for Afghans. They have been killing lots of people for this parking. Next time if they see you here they will kill you."
Many of the immigrants interviewed by Sky News described how the tougher security had made it almost impossible for them to smuggle themselves into the UK in lorries.
In recent years they could expect to stay in Calais for around two weeks before successfully boarding a lorry bound for the UK, now many have been there for months, and see little prospect of getting through.
Their situation has become so desperate, that gangs of 15 to 20 immigrants have started lying in wait for lorries at road junctions, attempting to board the moving vehicles as they slow down.
French charities such as Association Terre d'Errance and Coordination Francaise Pour Le Droit D'Asile have suggested many refugees are now heading to towns near the Belgian border and down the coast to ports such as Dieppe, Oustreheim, Cherbourg, Saint Malo and Roscoff.
They have warned that unlike Calais, charity support for immigrants in these towns in limited or non-existent, leaving many without food, water or shelter.
One of the reasons that the number of people appears to be going up is that we are catching more people. That is a result of the extra resources we have spent.
Phil Woolas, British Immigration Minister
In Cherbourg, Sky News spoke to Ayas Yousef, a 21-year-old Iraqi Kurd.
Having been deported from Britain twice before, he has decided to avoid Calais and try his luck further down the coast.
He said: "It's very difficult... I cannot tell you how many times I've tried. I've got in a lorry maybe 20 to 25 times, but every time they find me."
He and around 50 other immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan spend their days in a small tent village on a hill over-looking Cherbourg. They benefit from some charity hand-outs, but many others like them are not so lucky.
The Government is also re-examining the amount of financial assistance it offers to France, to help boost security along the French coast.
Mr Woolas told Sky News: "It's right that we financially contribute and that taxpayer money is being spent in these joint border controls that we already have.
"One of the reasons that the number of people appears to be going up is that we are catching more people.
"That is a result of the extra resources we have spent, so of course we accept our financial responsibility and I think the public would expect us to do so."
But with the increasing pressure on the public purse, some will argue that if security is already working effectively, it is up to the French government to deal with the problem by either deporting those in their country illegally, or offering them state support.