Migrants: “No Borders” Activists on the French-Italian Frontier and Squatters at Calais

As winter approaches, tensions are set to rise in the squats and camps where many among the stream of migrants that poured into the European Union all summer, remain in unwelcoming environments.

Winter approaches so how will squatting migrants fare? (Credit screen grab)

Winter approaches so how will squatting migrants fare? (Credit screen grab)

The migrant issue has become the greatest source of political strain and dissension in the EU since the Franco-German project was first set up in 1952 and there are fears for its very survival.


Refugees’ Dead End in Italy: Breaking Borders (Dispatch 7)
October 19, 2015 | 10:36 pm

VICE News travelled to the French-Italian border in mid- summer to interview migrants there, along with organisations and activists involved in dealing with their situation.

Here is an extract from the VICE News report accompanying the video as published to YouTube on October 19, 2015: “At the end of June, France closed its border with Italy to refugees and migrants, trapping hundreds in the Italian border town of Ventimiglia. Money was low by the time most people reached the town, so they had to seek help in two camps — one run by the Red Cross and the other by European activists — for food and shelter while they waited in vain for the border to reopen”.

….Meanwhile on the other side of France at Calais where some 6,000 migrants are squatting in a camp from which they make almost daily attempts to gain illegal entry into the UK , the French news agency AFP reports on how the jungle is battening down for the harsh winter:

Published on Oct 19, 2015
In preparation for the cold winter months, some 6,000 migrants in the Calais “jungle” are building better shacks and cabins.

Further reports:

 



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