Mayor urges Cameron to take in Calais migrants

8th September 2015, Comments 0 comments

Prime Minister David Cameron should offer to take in the 3,500 migrants camped in Calais as part of his plan to host up to 20,000 Syrian refugees, the French city's mayor told British MPs on Tuesday.

"Could Mr Cameron not take the 3,500 migrants in Calais?" Natacha Bouchart asked at a meeting of the British parliament's home affairs committee.

"If he does not take in the Calais refugees that will prove that he despises the population of Calais."

Bouchart said that if Britain did not do more to help the situation in Calais "it will be a moral obligation to my population to open the border".

Under an agreement between the British and French governments, British border controls are carried out on the French side of the Channel Tunnel, making Calais the focal point of attempts by migrants to cross into England.

"You are imposing the law on our soil, do it on your soil and things will get better, you can better control your own border," Bouchart told lawmakers.

Thousands of migrants over the summer attempted to cross the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France, which later stepped up border controls.

France last month said it planned to build a camp to house 1,500 of the Calais migrants.

© 2015 AFP

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