Syrian Asylum Seekers Cease Standoff in France

“Syrians Seeking Asylum End Standoff in France,” by Dan Bilefsky for the New York Times:

A three-day standoff between security forces in the French port of Calais and several dozen Syrians ended Friday evening when the Syrians backed down, a migrant association in northern France said.

The standoff began on Wednesday when about 60 Syrians who had fled the conflict in their country but felt they were being harassed in France began occupying a gangway at the Calais ferry terminal. When the French police intervened Friday, two of the Syrians climbed onto the roof of the terminal building and threatened to jump or stay there until their demand for asylum in Britain was met, according to Maël Galisson, the coordinator of Migrant Services Platform, an outreach group.

“These are Syrians who have come from cities in Syria like Damascus and Dara’a to escape from the Syrian conflict,” Mr. Galisson said from Calais. “They have not had a warm welcome in France and so would prefer to go to Britain.”…

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