Seeds: Many people have left their war-torn countries, searching for a better life in Europe. In France, besides having Syrian refugees, there are many migrants from Sudan, Eritrea, Afghanistan, and a few other countries.
Core: The Jungle houses around 7,000 migrants near the port of Calais, France. It is known for having terrible conditions, as well as high crime rates. Some migrants have been known to use this camp as an entrance to the U.K., given its proximity to the port where there are many ferries, trains, trucks and cars. Today, the French government started its process of removing these migrants and taking them to other camps in France, to avoid further migration into the U.K.
Skin: The french government has called shutting down the camp “humanitarian action,” countering the requests by humanitarian groups to improve the conditions of the camp instead of removing its residents. While many of the migrants will be granted asylum, some will be deported during this process.
Leaves: Today the first 2,318 people were moved from the camp. Over the next few weeks, the government hopes to have the camp completely cleared. Some people are still concerned about how these people will be placed all around the country. There are many unaccompanied child migrants who were living at the camp who may be separated from the companions they have made.
Food For Thought: Do you think the international community is properly handling the migrant crisis? Do you think there is a better way to ensure the safety and happiness of both citizens and migrants? Is it the Europeans’ job to ensure the safety and happiness of migrants?
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