Earlier today, a group of around 500 Middle Eastern migrants broke off from a demonstration protesting conditions in a migrant camp in Calais and stormed the ferry that crosses the Channel to England:
The port of Calais was temporarily closed on Saturday after a ferry was stormed by 50 migrants from the nearby “Jungle” camp, earlier visited by Jeremy Corbyn.
Up to 500 migrants had broken off from a protest march through the town about migrants’ conditions, according to the mayor, Natacha Bouchard.
Around 150 then broke through the port’s perimeter fence, and 50 made it to the gangplanks of the P&O ferry Spirit of Britain. Photographs later showed the migrants standing on the upper decks of the ferry.
Police have arrested 24 migrants.
A further 11 people believed to be from the No Borders activist group were also detained after being found on the ship.
Many such efforts have been made to enter Britain illegally. But ultimately, European Union law may be on the migrants’ side:
Four Syrian migrants arrived in Britain this week from the camp in Calais after a landmark ruling by a UK court which could see more crossing the Channel.
The court cited European Union legislation, under which those who have a relative living legally in another European country – as the four Syrians do in Britain – have a legal entitlement to apply to seek asylum there.
This sounds much like American law, which places a premium on importing relatives of immigrants who are already here. Since everyone has relatives, this unending chain is a recipe for radical transformation of Western societies. Which is fine with the Socialist Workers’ Party, and the Left generally:
France’s Prime Minister issued a sober warning about the impact of mass Middle Eastern migration on Europe:
The Labour leader’s visit came amid growing urgency over the migrant crisis, with French prime minister Manuel Valls warning the huge influx was putting the European Union’s future in “grave danger”.
It was just another day in the unfolding immigration crisis, about which Europe’s leaders seem powerless to do anything.