Calais jungle camp 'an affront to humanity', says Charlie Elphicke MP

Calais jungle camp 'an affront to humanity', says Charlie Elphicke MP

A migrant watching a hut burn as the destruction of the camp begins (Getty)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Charlie Elphicke MP has welcomed the dismantling of the Calais Jungle, calling it "an affront to humanity" because of the squalor its residents have faced. 

The camp at the port in Calais has begun to be taken down by the French authorities after being in place for roughly two years.

Hundreds upon thousands of refugees fleeing from conflict stayed in the Jungle in their attempts to reach the UK, often jumping and hiding within lorries bound for the country via the ferry. Conditions in the camp have been described as extreme and dangerous.

Elphicke, the MP for Dover, said the camp represented a terrible situation within European borders.

"I welcome the fact that action's been taken," he told James Whale. "It should never have got to this stage. 

"The camp's worse than a shantytown in Rio or Africa - it's an affront to humanity. You've got 10,000 people living in the most appalling squalor - there's no running water or sanitation, people traffickers roam free, feasting on the dreams people have of a better life when all they offer is broken promises and a life of modern slavery.

"The only reason they're there is because this is the first border in the whole of Europe. This is a terrible situation for Calais, and a dangerous situation for the whole of Europe. 

"We're leaving the European Union, but not Europe physically or culturally. That's why it's so important we continue to work with the French positively in order to ensure border security for both Dover and Calais."

Click above to listen to the interview. Or you can click here to read talkRADIO's interview with a migrant who survived the Jungle and tried to enter by Britain by crawling through the Channel Tunnel.