On 20 December 2016, the Spanish Presidency of the Security Council has organized a ministerial level open debate on "Maintenance
A great deal has been said about stemming the flow of refugees and migrants trying to reach the continent, and about the numbers of people who will settle here, but integration of the arrivals is a fundamental issue which has not received the attention it requires.
A Calais summit at European level is urgent. It should provide solutions to the migrants crisis while at the same time securing the tunnel to ensure that Calais and Dover are open for business as usual... The problem of Calais is not just a Franco-British question, it is a problem for the whole of Europe and the developing world. But the French and the English are on the frontline.
As a strategy, it's not only heartless, but ineffective. Building barriers will not stop people attempting to scale them, not when they are fleeing for their lives. The UK should be pressing for a Europe-wide system which allows people to access protection safely; and in the meantime, contributing to a rescue operation that saves lives, instead of justifying leaving people to drown.