Deconstructing ‘The Jungle’, Reconstructing the British Border

Deconstructing ‘The Jungle’, Reconstructing the British Border

Heaven Crawley responds to the eviction of ‘The Jungle’ camp at Calais, arguing that it is largely a symbolic attempt by the British government to reassert ‘control’ over borders in the context of Europe’s political crisis. The eviction, and the reinforcement of the wall alongside the port of Calais, does not address the refugee crisis and the diverse reasons for why people move. Continue reading

After the Calais Jungle: is there a long-term solution?

After the Calais Jungle: is there a long-term solution?

Ever since the French president François Hollande went to Calais in late September 2016 and promised that the migrant camp on its outskirts, known as “the Jungle”, would be dismantled, its residents have been preparing to be moved. On October 24, queues of people who had been living in the camp in hope of crossing to Britain, waited to be registered before being transported on buses to refugee centres in other parts of France. However, it’s feared there are some residents who do not want to leave. Continue reading

Barack Obama says the refugee crisis is a ‘test of our humanity’ – is Britain failing it?

Barack Obama says the refugee crisis is a ‘test of our humanity’ – is Britain failing it?

Nando Sigona, University of Birmingham

In a compassionate and compelling speech, Barack Obama called the response to the global refugee crisis “a test of our humanity” and invited world leaders attending the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees on September 20 to do more to assist those fleeing war and persecution.

The British prime minister, Theresa May, went to the same summit in New York, but with a different agenda – to stop uncontrolled migration. She had three key proposals: to help refugees to claim asylum in the first safe country they reach, to make a better distinction between refugees and economic migrants, and to bolster the right of all countries to control their borders. It is worth considering each of these proposals in turn to assess what impact they may have on the current crisis. Continue reading