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David Cameron commits dogs and fencing to help control migrant surge

‘We rule nothing out in taking action to deal with this very serious problem,’ prime minister says


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LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron offered Friday to send sniffer dogs and fencing to help control the surge in migrants trying to cross into Britain, pledging to work closely with French authorities to get a grip on the crisis.

Cameron chaired an emergency security meeting just after returning from a trip to Asia, and said he would speak later in the day with French President Francois Hollande, as part of efforts to work “hand in glove” with France. Land belonging to the Ministry of Defence may be used to ease congestion near the Channel Tunnel.

“We rule nothing out in taking action to deal with this very serious problem,” he said. “We are absolutely on it.”

Thousands of migrants have been scaling fences near the tunnel, hopping on freight trains or trucks destined for Britain. The chaos has disrupted small businesses and roads on the British side of the border — and trucking associations are outraged.

The European Union’s spring public opinion poll, published Friday, shows that immigration has become the most important issue facing the 28-nation bloc, ahead of the tough economic situation. After polling with 24 per cent last fall, it shot up a full 14 points to 38 per cent as the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean grabbed headlines across the continent.

It was seen as the most important issue in 20 of the 28 member states, including major EU nations Germany, France and Britain.

Raf Casert in Brussels contributed.


David Cameron commits dogs and fencing to help control migrant surge

  1. Congrats Europe…..

    Unless you deal with this forcefully, your citizens will be footing the bill for the importation of people coming from some of the most violent, corrupt, and useless countries in Africa.

    And, if you don’t deal with it quickly……the folks who vote will turf you the next election. Britain will go UKIP in a heartbeat once the stories of “refugees” (invaders) from Somalia, Chad, and Niger assaulting women, robbing..etc..etc….start making the headlines.

  2. The Empire Returns……LOL

    Where else were all the exploited colonials supposed to go, hmmm?

    There are 50 milliion refugees in the world.

    • Emily, I usually agree with you, even when ‘tongue-in-cheek, but ….

      “Colonials” may have been exploited in many cases, but I don’t believe that they were ever given free passage to anywhere at any time. In Canada, for example, there are procedures in place for ‘qualified’ (whatever that means) immigrants to enter the country in an orderly manner.

      I doubt if, even you, believe the figure “50 million” when referring to refugees. So often, some people refer to immigrants as refugees … legal or otherwise. I do not believe that legal immigrants, those who may have waited for three to five years to qualify for permanent residency, are part of this question. But, a question does remain (for future comment) about economic immigrants.

      In my opinion, a refugee is someone in fear of their life, either from continuous hunger or death. Being without clean water, electricity, employment, freedom of expression, etc., is not a reason to claim refugee status. Further, controversially, I believe that ‘IF’ a country reverts to normal conditions (defined by local standards) of human rights, within a reasonable period, then, deportation must be deployed … thus, avoiding economic refugees.

      Such policies will cause doubt of a number such as 50 million.

      • Well the figure is from the UN via the BBC…..we do indeed have


        Immigrants and refugees are two quite different things….and yes we have legal obligations to take in X amount of refugees in a year.

        However this is about Europe, and I joked that all the colonials are coming home to roost…..many countries had colonies they exploited. They did not expect them to show up at the door….but that is what many are doing.

        You can’t stop them short of killing them…..and Europe won’t be doing that.

          • Yes, I am aware of those statistics, and our legal obligations.

            My argument is with the definition of the word “refugee”.

            O.E.D.: “a person who has been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster”.
            Note: War, not civil unrest. Persecution, by the state. Natural disaster (Requires clarification).

            The use of Roget’s Thesaurus to enlarge the U.N. definition (due to mistranslation) is an abuse of the thesaurus.

            Once the war, persecution, or disaster no longer exists, a return to their country ‘MAY’ be acceptable.

          • A revealing side-discussion would discuss the reason for so few tsunami-affected Japanese, or earthquake-affected Nepalese.

      • I’m not sure where you’re going with this B.Causeiknow, so all I can do is give you the definition

        The definition of a refugee, as laid out in Section 1(A) of the convention, is:

        “A person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion is outside the country of his nationality and is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself of the protection of that country; or who, not having a nationality and being outside the country of his former habitual residence as a result of such events, is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to return to it.”


        I’m sure there are lots of people moving into Europe who just want a better life and are fleeing poverty, and dictators and disease……but they aren’t going to be able to stop them. It’s like a ‘tide of humanity’