What the com­men­ta­tors said

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It’s shame­ful that the Jun­gle has been al­lowed to “fes­ter” for so long, said Bene­dict Spence in The In­de­pen­dent. Why are these mi­grants only now be­ing pro­cessed? France is a “wealthy, de­vel­oped and civilised Euro­pean na­tion”. It, and other EU coun­tries the mi­grants passed through, should have dealt with these peo­ple long ago – whether by de­port­ing or re­set­tling them – so that they weren’t left to lan­guish in a dirty, dan­ger­ous shanty town. De­lay­ing the process caused need­less hard­ship. By cre­at­ing a po­tent “im­age of Euro­pean in­com­pe­tence”, it prob­a­bly also played a part in the Brexit re­sult. One can only hope that this week’s in­ter­ven­tion her­alds a “sea change” in the of­fi­cial re­sponse. The fear, though, is that “an­other law­less camp will pop up some­where else in the Calais area, and the des­per­ate cy­cle of Europe’s un­touch­ables will keep on spin­ning”. We’ve been here be­fore, said Heaven Craw­ley on The Con­ver­sa­tion. Back in 2002, the San­gatte camp out­side Calais was dis­man­tled and its in­hab­i­tants dis­persed. But that didn’t stop des­per­ate mi­grants try­ing to make their way to the UK, and nor will this week’s ac­tion. The Jun­gle might not re­turn to Calais, where the fence that has been built to stop peo­ple get­ting on trains and lor­ries head­ing across the Chan­nel is be­ing “ex­tended and re­in­forced at the ex­pense of the Bri­tish tax­payer”, but an­other camp will ap­pear some­where. The French have mis­han­dled this prob­lem, said Sarah Bax­ter in The Sun­day Times, but the UK has hardly been more ef­fi­cient. It was back in May, af­ter all, that David Cameron – fol­low­ing pleas from Lord Dubs, whose life was saved by the “Kin­der­trans­port” for Jewish chil­dren flee­ing Nazi Europe – an­nounced that Bri­tain would take in vul­ner­a­ble child refugees. Yet only now have we ac­cepted any. There’s lit­tle ev­i­dence of a “ra­tio­nal, well-planned im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy” in this coun­try. That’s a par­tic­u­lar worry now that French politi­cians are talk­ing of rip­ping up the 2003 Le Tou­quet treaty, which al­lows UK im­mi­gra­tion con­trols to be car­ried out in Calais. We’re go­ing to need a proper plan when the “Jun­gle ar­rives in Kent”.

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