“France becoming ‘weak link’ in European migration control as police warn of ‘alarming’ rise in illegal immigrants,” by Henry Samuel for the Telegraph:
France is becoming the “weak link” in Europe’s fight against illegal immigration, it was claimed today, after a leaked police report revealed a steep rise in the numbers crossing from Italy.
Many of the migrants – mainly Eritreans, as well as Ethiopians, Sudanese, Afghans and Syrians – were heading for Calais in the hope of boarding lorries bound for Britain.
Makeshift camps in the town and near the ferry terminal are growing in size daily. The rising numbers have led to two fights in the past two days, with 51 migrants injured on Monday night, one seriously. According to the leaked report from French border police, published in Le Figaro yesterday, 61,591 migrants landed in Italy in the first six months of the year. During the same period last year, the figure was only 7,913…