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Residents of Calais gather next to the foreign affair ministry during a protest, Paris, March 7, 2016 (AP photo by Christophe Ena).

Walls and Demolitions Won’t Solve France and the U.K.’s Calais Crisis

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

Last week, the United Kingdom announced plans to begin building a barricade at the French port of Calais, dubbed by some media the “Great Wall of Calais.” The U.K. will foot the bill, and the barrier will complement a fence that already protects the port and is guarded by heavily armed French police.

The move followed massive protests held by French truck drivers and farmers, who threatened to block the port until Calais’ large migrant camp, known as the “Jungle,” is dismantled. Protesters argue that the camp, which, according to some estimates, is home to 9,000 migrants, has led to a spike in violence. Migrants, desperate to enter the U.K., have turned to staging barricades on major thoroughfares, in the hopes of stowing away on the Britain-bound trucks forced to slow down. ...

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