Ukip leadership candidate says migrants should be sent to North African camp to solve crisis

Migrant crisis: 'The way forward is to have a resettlement community in North Africa', says UKIP leadership candidate

Many have protested against 'The Jungle' camp in Calais

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ukip leadership candidate Elizabeth Jones believes a refugee camp in North Africa could solve the migrant crisis in Calais.

Many are calling for the sprawling cap in Calais, known as the Jungle, to be shut down, and yesterday saw a protest on the main motorway route into Calais. France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has also claimed he wants to dismantle the camp as quickly as possible.

Jones, Ukip's deputy chairwoman for Lambeth, Lambeth Deputy Chairwoman, believes the crisis could be solved by moving the migrants.

"A long-term solution involves full cooperation with our colleagues in France. The way forward is to have a resettlement community in North Africa, because there's been a significant downturn in tourist trade.

"We have a gold standard refugee resettlement community in North Africa, so that all people going though the Mediterranean on their boats, would be directed towards the North African country.

"Their asylum claims would be handled in North Africa, if they are successful they would enter the UK or France, if they're not successful they would have the opportunity to remain in the refugee settlement camp, or the alternative, return to their home of origin."

Listen to the full interview to hear more of her views