Thoughts on migrants crossing the channel

The Jungle Calais

It is reported on the BBC that there has been a sudden upsurge in the last couple of weeks of migrants attempting to cross the channel in small dinghies. This has been deplored and with the channel being the world’s busiest waterway, it is extremely dangerous.

Dunkirk Migrant Camp

Why are they trying to cross the channel in the first place? The report that I heard on the radio seems to point to the migrants fearing that once Brexit comes in to force then it will be impossible to cross the channel.

These reports have avoiding, what, I think is one of the key reasons for chancing the crossing.

It is utterly utterly horrible in the camps. The squalor has to be seen and smelt to be believed. You can read my reports of what the situation in the migrant camps is like here and here.

I can’t replicate the smell, but I can show you what I have seen.

I hope that it will spark some sympathy for those in the camps and hopefully some action some where. Please look at the pictures, share them and talk about the reasons why people want to flee to England.

Part of the shanty town in the jungle

The Jungle Calais

Toilet area in the Jungle – The smell was appalling

The Jungle Calais

Green Slime – The Jungle

The Jungle Calais

You can see all the pics that I took in the jungle here

This is a stress free area – Oh the irony – Dunkirk Migrant Camp

Dunkirk Migrant Camp

Hopeless and aimless feet – Migrant Camp Dunkirk

Dunkirk Migrant Camp

Rubbish creates pest – Migrant Camp Dunkirk

Dunkirk Migrant Camp

Hopefully Hopeless – Dunkirk Migrant Camp

Dunkirk Migrant Camp

You can see the whole set of Dunkirk pictures here

Its Refugee Week

In the midst of General Elections, Terror attacks and the Grenfell Fire its easy to forget that its actually refugee week.

I am very concerned about the way that the UK handles refugees and migrants, the Brexit poll seems only to have exacerbated the issue.

Last year I went to the Jungle Refugee camp and saw for myself how desperate migrants are to get into the UK and I heard for myself the terrible stories they told about why they left their countries to try and come to the UK.

The Migration Museum, where my film is exhibited, is a good place for us to start our understanding of the migrants’ stories. I recommend a visit.

In the meantime, here is a version of my film, made at the Migration Museum, I Too Am Human and below that links to the photos that I took in Calais.

Click on the images to see the whole show of pictures.

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Out of Dub-Step

The Conservative government in the UK has yesterday cancelled the so-called “Dubs Amendment” where by  they had agreed to take around 3,500 refugee children from camps in Europe. The picture above is of Lord Dubbs, former KinderTransport boy, refugee and Parliamentarian at an event I attended last year.

They have gone back on what they agreed last year and listening to the radio this morning, it seems that Amber Rudd the duplicitous Immigration Minister appeared to argue that black is white and the agreement isn’t an agreement.

I made a trip to the Jungle Refugee camp in Calais in order to see what it was like. It was totally disgusting, smelly, dirty and revolting. You can read my impression of the camp here. The camp was a total blot on humanity, a shaming, a retort to all our liberal values, the fact that the Tories have cancelled the agreement which pulls unaccompanied refugee children out of situations like this, shows their lack of humanity and their lack of basic decency.

Here is the video I made which gives only a short hint about what the camp was like and the conditions that refugee children had to live in and which the Dubs Amendment hoped to lift them out of.

If you still need convincing that refugee children who are without their parents and on their own in these camps deserve a better life in the UK, click on the picture below to see a wider set of photos which I took when I was there.

The Jungle Colour Or Or click on this photo to see another set of pictures. The Jungle B/W

If you are still not convinced, you are dead inside.