UK, France Seek EU Help Over Calais

UK, France Seek EU Help Over CalaisUK, France Seek EU Help Over Calais

The migrant crisis engulfing the French port of Calais is an EU-wide issue that needs to be tackled by the entire 28-member bloc, British Home Secretary Theresa May and French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Sunday.

In a joint article published by The Sunday Telegraph, the French and British counterparts called the latest attempts by hundreds of refugees to cross over into the UK a “global migration crisis,” Sputnik reported.

“This situation cannot be seen as an issue just for our two countries … that is why we are pushing other member states, and the whole EU, to address this problem at root.”

The statement said the ultimate goal lies in reducing the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea into European shores.

 “Our streets are not paved with gold,” May and Cazeneuve stressed.

Another mass attempt to break into the Channel Tunnel was reported overnight, with 200 migrants breaching several levels of security fencing before French riot police dispersed the crowd.

Last week alone, an estimated 3,500 attempts were said to have been made to enter the Channel Tunnel on passing trucks and trains headed for Britain. These attempts resulted in several deaths among the migrants and traffic disruptions in the tunnel.