LETTER: Men who have run the gauntlet

In ‘Your View’ [Herald, September 16] Green MEP Keith Taylor makes a strong case for not erecting a wall in Calais: a stage perhaps too dramatic.

He also highlights the need to regard refugee families requiring help. The problem is too often the question is not that simple.

Take the case of unaccompanied children. It seems that in Sweden officials have noticed the phenomenon of the ‘anchor children’, who are sent ahead on their own so as to increase their family’s chance of gaining asylum.

Acceptance of one child could mean with some certainty the arrival down the line of half a dozen more family members. In any case if unaccompanied children have arrived in France, why are the French not looking after them?

But the main concern is that the occupants of the ‘jungle’ in Calais are not predominantly families. They are athletic young men who have run the gauntlet of several free countries intent on getting to England. Such action provides clear evidence of economic migration.

It equates with neither desperation nor refugee status as Keith Taylor claims.

Edward Thomas

Collington Close

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