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On the border

· Increasingly strict measures against refugees and migrants in various countries in the European Union ·

The number of measures rejecting immigrants and illegal migrants in Europe is increasing. The government in Great Britain is also cracking down on the issue, especially given that in recent weeks thousands of refugees and migrants have come to their country by way of the Eurotunnel, the railway under the English Channel. Yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron even announced a proposal to imprison those who give shelter to illegal immigrants.

With this statement, Cameron, who is already under criticism for his previous decisions and statements on the matter, seems to be politicking rather than problem-solving. Those trying to reach Great Britain – including about 3,000 people camped near the Eurotunnel terminal in Calais, on the French border – are from war-torn countries and thus are entitled to apply for asylum. Furthermore, those who manage to set foot on British soil almost always present themselves to the authorities in order to make this request and usually are guests of relatives who are awaiting them.

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