Looks like more and more countries are following Trump’s proposal. Is this awesome?
British authorities confirmed Tuesday that construction will begin this month on a concrete wall in Calais intended to keep migrants and refugees from the city’s port, where they frequently attempt to stow away on U.K.-bound trucks and ferries.
“This measure is intended to further protect the Rocade from migrant attempts to disrupt, delay and even attack vehicles approaching the port,” the British Home Office said in an emailed statement. The Rocade is an access road leading into the port.
On Monday, French truck drivers and local residents protested against the large migrant camp outside the city, blocking traffic and insisting that migrants and refugees have increasingly resorted to violence to gain passage to Britain, 20 miles across the English Channel.
Tuesday’s update from U.K. Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill on what local residents immediately began calling on social media the “Great Wall of Calais” came days after the French government pledged, again, to close the “Jungle” encampment outside Calais. Goodwill declined to comment further.
In the camp, 7,000 to 9,000 refugees and migrants — mostly from Afghanistan and Sudan — live in squalid conditions and legal limbo. Nearly equidistant from London and Paris, the Jungle has become an arresting symbol of Europe’s migrant crisis, no longer confined to the continent’s periphery.
The wall, a crucial part of a $22.65 million Franco-British security package agreed to in early March, is slated to be about 13 feet high and made of smooth concrete, a material that is difficult to scale.