Refugees in Calais

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:00 am on 6th January 2016.

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Photo of Andrew Slaughter Andrew Slaughter Shadow Minister (Justice) 11:00 am, 6th January 2016

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These people simply saw a humanitarian crisis and wanted to assist. However, that is the limit of the support that has been provided to the refugees so far. There is no support from major charities or from the

UN, not because they do not want to be involved—Save the Children and Amnesty International have provided briefings for this debate and are very concerned about conditions at the jungle—but because the French Government have persistently refused to recognise the situation as a refugee issue and see it as a border control issue.