Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has visited an illegal migrant camp in Northern France, from where he praised the German open door policy and called on the United Kingdom to “be part of bringing European support”.
Mr. Corbyn was periodically mobbed by cheering migrants, who scrambled to take selfies with the hard left, enthusiastic supporter of mass migration and multiculturalism.
There were rumours on Saturday morning that Mr. Corbyn would visit the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp, but instead he show up at the smaller Grande-Synthe Camp where 2,500 migrants live, right next to a sports stadium near Dunkirk.
Carloads of poverty tourists and volunteers from the UK were distributing clothes, gifts and supplies to migrants in the camp nearby.
Speaking to the BBC, Mr. Corbyn said he wanted to understand and draw attention to the migrant crisis with his visit.
“What I’m trying to achieve here is to understand the nature of the refugee crisis that’s facing the whole of Europe. Ultimately we deal with the situation by dealing with the problem at its source, which are the wars and conflicts.”
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Corbyn in Calais today. pic.twitter.com/Egf3mlB6nQ
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“We have got people here who have been here for months, if not longer than that, with no proper education, no access to doctors, no access to dentists, limited access to food – in very cold, very wet conditions.”
“These conditions are a disgrace anywhere. We as human beings have to reach out to fellow human beings.”
Speaking about the migration crisis, Mr Corbyn said: “Germany has done an enormous amount, other countries have done varying amounts and I think we should be part of bringing European support to people.”
Jeremy Corbyn in Calais today. Fantastic to see. pic.twitter.com/FS49UPrAvH
— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) January 23, 2016
In September Prime Minister David Cameron said Britain would accept 20,000 refugees from Syria over five years.
At the beginning of this week it was reported that an Immigration and Asylum Tribunal had ruled that four Syrian migrants currently living in a camp in Northern France must be brought to Britain and reunite with family members already here.
Lawyers for the four invoked Article 8 of the European Convention of Human rights, which entitles them to a family life. Previously the UK had been able to keep migrants in Norther France out by insisting they must apply for asylum in the first nation they entered – under the Dublin Convention.
However the new ruling set a new precedent, where by any migrant within the Schengen area able to prove family links to the UK will now be allowed in. Since then, the French government has ordered officials to scour camps for “significant numbers” of suitable candidates to send to the UK.