- France has now closed its borders in the Cote d' Azur with Italy and are defying the Schengen Agreement. France's camps are suffering
from horrendous health & hygeine problems including scabies and gangrene with the Calais camp being the top of the list. However, again the majority
of refugees do not want to remain in France or even go there due to squalid housing, red tape & bureaucracy and France's own high unemployment rate.
Frances' President Francois Hollande has pledged to take in 31,000 refugees over 2 years but such is Frances' unattractive status that only 600
Syrians & Iraqis have agreed to go there. One such refugee was quoted in the Telegraph as saying "If things don't work out (in France) we'll go back
to Germany". Most refugees head straight for Calais in the hope of getting to the UK despite having no papers and despite the conditions of the camp.
Deaths are now becoming regular as migrants attempt to gain entry to the UK in lorries and by walking through the Channel Tunnel
- Prime Minister David Cameron has stated that the refugee crisis has "complicated" convincing the British public for the need to stay in
the EU and polls were now showing a swing towards exiting the EU which the Government feels has been caused by the public seeing the disarray in
Europe with its leaders. Britain used their veto regarding the vote on quotas and is pushing for a referendum of the EUs freedom of movement policy.
Britain has agreed to take Syrians from Middle East Camps over 5yrs but Germany have stated the Britain must do more. The British Government however
blame Merkel for encouraging people to take perilous journeys across the sea to Europe with the promises of asylum in Germany who then closed their
borders. The refugee crisis has highlighted the problems with areas such as Bradford & Oldham which are described as radicalisation hotspots with
Cameron admitting that these areas were the most segregated in Britain
So in finishing this lengthy post, the conclusions I draw from the hundreds of articles I've read are:-
1. There appears to have been no specific plan in place for these refugees
2. The numbers were way more than anticipated
3. No facilities for checking and processing refugees in such numbers
4. Despite various Governments' good intentions, a number are now actively grumbling and some outright refusing to take more
5. Threats of leaving the EU are becoming louder
6. The Governments appear to have taken little notice of local councils and local peoples fears opinions and demographics before dumping refugees on
7. In some countries tempers are starting to flare, with attacks on both sides and attacks between refugees increasing
8. Refugees are still choosing where they want to go and refusing to go to certain countries
9. It is now clear that amongst the genuine refugees are many economic migrants taking advantage of the situation and entering the EU illegally
10. The whole of the EU is in danger of crumbling and there doesn't appear to be a solution to any of it!
I for one await with baited breath just how the EU are going to salvage this situation and await fellow ATSers views and perhaps logical solutions.
I fear somebody somewhere is laughing at our inadequate coping and rubbing their hands in glee at a plan coming to fruition!
edit on 29-9-2015
by PhyllidaDavenport because: missed a bit