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Migrant Crisis Due to  US, EU Interference
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Migrant Crisis Due to US, EU Interference

The flow of immigrants to Europe stems from the western states’ military interventions in Iraq, Libya and Syria, which have contributed to the emergence of terrorist groups and creation of chaos in the Middle East, Czech President Milosh Zeman told local media.

“The current wave of migration (to Europe) is rooted in the crazy (US) idea to launch an intervention in Iraq, which allegedly had weapons of mass destruction, but nothing was found,” Zeman said in a video interview  with the Czech Repubic’s Blesk newspaper published on Sunday, RT reported.

On top of that, the US’ desire to “restore order” in Libya and Syria only resulted in the escalation of conflicts in both countries and the emergence of terrorist organizations, prompting people to flee the area, Zeman said.

He added that not only the US was to blame for the migrant chaos, but its western allies that helped “coordinate operations in Libya.”

He announced his intention to speak at the regular session of the UN General Assembly later this year and propose that the UN create military units to destroy terrorist training camps.

Zeman also lashed out at immigrants on Sunday after tensions at a refugee detention center in the Czech Republic’s northeast prompted police to use tear gas.

About 100 illegal immigrants waiting for deportation staged a demonstration on Friday, damaging the building of the center, according to local authorities.

“No one invited you here. But now you are here, you must respect our rules, as we respect the rules when we go to your country.”

According to Czech police, more than 3,000 illegal immigrants have been intercepted by Czech law enforcement so far in 2015. The figure is almost 50% higher than in the first half of 2014.

 70% of Calais Migrants Reach UK

Figures suggest as many as 70% of migrants in the French port city of Calais are making it into Britain, although a tough life awaits the illegal travelers in the UK.

Under new measures designed to put off would-be asylum seekers, the UK government said landlords who fail to evict migrants who do not have the right to live in Britain could be jailed for five years.

Private landlords will also be able to evict illegal immigrants without a court order, in a move the UK government says will make it easier for property owners to remove migrants whose visas expire.

It comes as a research by French authorities showed seven in 10 immigrants “processed” in Calais leave within a four-month period.

It potentially indicates that as many as 3,500 of the estimated 5,000 migrants in Calais could be making it across the 50-km Channel Tunnel linking France to UK.

Morgan Johansson, the Swedish justice and migration minister, accused Britain of failing to “take the responsibility that they should,” and criticized Prime Minister David Cameron for the wording he uses with regard to migrants.

 French Police Clash with Migrants

French riot police used tear gas on migrants who attempted to cross the Channel Tunnel from Calais into Britain as more than 200 migrants tried to cross the undersea tunnel from Calais on Sunday.

The migrants broke down several levels of fencing by the tunnel’s entrance but French riot police responded by moving them away from a motorway and spraying them with tear gas.

Thousands of migrants have tried to make it into the tunnel in recent weeks with hopes of finding a way onto a train or lorry headed for Britain. At least 10 migrants have died attempting the dangerous journey since June.

The interior ministers released a joint statement on Sunday that said ending the crisis that has choked traffic on both sides of the tunnel and harmed trade was a “top priority.”

Both countries are committed to tackling the problem together and have beefed up security to deter further bids by desperate migrants to smuggle themselves to Britain, the statement said.

 

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