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Migration/United Kingdom/Calais

Published on February 18, 2016
Reply by M. Bernard Cazeneuve, Minister of the Interior, to a question in the National Assembly
Paris, February 16, 2016


So we took the decision to seal the border, because we have to dismantle people-smuggling networks. We’ve dismantled 25% of the additional networks and, as you know, in Grande-Synthe this morning 17 smugglers, 17 people involved in human trafficking, were locked up in the interests of public safety.

We also want to provide a humanitarian solution to the people in Calais and Grande-Synthe. We’ve provided 98 reception and guidance centres which have enabled us to relocate and provide guidance on asylum applications for 2,500 people who were in Calais, and we’ve continued deporting those who weren’t eligible for asylum in France and who must be taken back to their countries of origin if we want to guarantee asylum under the right conditions.

As for the result of this policy, you didn’t emphasize it in your question. Grande-Synthe, where there were 3,000 migrants in December, now has only 1,500; Calais, where there were then 6,000, now has only 3,800./.

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