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Hundreds of Unwelcome Immigrants Set Up New Illegal Camps Near Calais

Workers trying to extinguish a tent burning at a makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Self-declared refugees continue to create chaos in France:

Hundreds of refugees have returned to live in secret camps in the Calais region in the hope of travelling to the UK, The Independent can reveal, just weeks after the demolition of the ‘Jungle’ shantytown.

There are at least six informal settlements in rural parts of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region, each housing scores of refugees and migrants, with numbers growing steadily in recent weeks.

Two months ago, the large refugee camp in Calais was closed by the French authorities. That camp was nicknamed “the Jungle” because it was one big mess of immigrants who lived according to their own rules, which basically meant that they had no rules at all. Hence the camp’s nickname.

The self-declared refugees — most of whom were nothing more than adventurers in search of a new life and (free) riches — were transported to immigrant reception centers (CAOs). However, many of them — especially minors — aren’t happy with the living conditions in those centers:

Shahajhan Khan, a 15-year-old refugee from Pakistan who has been living in one of the centres designated for children (CAOMIE) in Anemasse, a town on the French-Swiss border, along with 19 other child refugees, said he and his friends were planning to leave the centre and return to Calais.

The teenager was recently informed that he and most of his friends had been rejected by the Home Office, and said they now had “no other option” but to return to Calais in the hope of “another Jungle”.

He added that they were “living like donkeys” in the centre, and provided The Independent with footage of their warehouse-like sleeping area, and photographs of a meal of bread and yoghurt.

What you have to realize is that Shahajhan and his friends have been told they are not welcome in Britain, where they want to travel to. The Brits have had enough; they can’t cope with this flood of aspiring newcomers.

However, the “refugees” refuse to take no for an answer, which is why they are leaving CAOs and traveling back to Calais. From there it’s relatively easy to enter Britain illegally. In the meantime, they’re creating new “jungles” near Calais — illegal camps built from mud and bricks in which life is as chaotic as it is in their home countries, if not more so.

Apparently, Shahajhan and his friends are more than willing to live in those conditions, purely because they believe they may illegally get into Britain, where many of them have relatives who may offer them a safe haven. Knowing the British authorities as I do, I don’t doubt that those “children” (there’s reason to doubt the official age of many of them) will be allowed to stay once they’re in. Clearly, they feel the same.

There’s only one way to deal with these illegals: Remove them from France altogether. If the French and British authorities believe they aren’t actually fleeing from anything, meaning they aren’t refugees, there’s no need for them to stay in any camp whatsoever. They can still come legally if they apply for a normal visa. If that’s too much trouble for them, so be it. There’s no other option but to go back to where they came from. There’s not a (non-European!) country on earth that would tolerate such scenes at or near one of its main ports. France doesn’t have to either.