À lire dans The Guardian : The most shocking thing about Calais is that it’s not even too big to solve
On Britain’s doorstep is a shantytown. Scabies is rife, bronchitis too. Families sleep in flimsy tents in bitter cold. Children play in mud and rubbish. The police don’t go in; they just watch from nearby bridges, swinging batons. Volunteers do their best, bringing food, clothing, tarpaulins; smuggler gangs do their worst, preying on people’s desperation.
How are we letting this happen? France and Britain each year patent more than 14,000 new inventions, support a joint population of more than 120 million people and help 20 million more out of poverty overseas.
The talent of our two nations drove the industrial revolution, the best medical advances in history, and the creation of the world wide web. It is not beyond the wit of our two great countries to solve the problem of Calais.
In the last few months, I’ve travelled to Beirut, Lesbos, and Calais – talking both to those who have fled their homes and to local authorities who are struggling to cope. This work isn’t intended to be party political – we want to build a consensus on tackling the greatest humanitarian crisis since the second world war.
Of all I’ve seen, Calais is the most depressing. It is only a small corner of the European refugee crisis, but it is a bleak one. Of the 1 million people arriving in Europe last year, just 5,000 have ended up in the Jungle in Calais, 3,000 more on a wasteland at Dunkirk – the equivalent of just 0.006% of the combined French and British populations. In contrast 5,000 people arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos every day. In Lebanon a quarter of the population is made up of refugees.
That is partly what makes Calais so troubling: it isn’t too big to solve. Yet no one has a proper plan to sort it out. Not the French or British governments, the UN or the big aid agencies.
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