The Rendon Group Snapshot Report – 10 August 2015

by TRG Alerts Admin on August 17, 2015

The Rendon Group Snapshot Report


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Calais Migrant Crisis

Migrants walk along train tracks as they attempt to cross into Britain through the Channel Tunnel near Calais, France. (Reuters)


This week’s snapshot focuses on the crisis in Calais, France, where thousands of migrants have fled a refugee camp known as “the Jungle” in an attempt to cross into Great Britain via the Channel Tunnel. Many of the migrants seek employment and educational opportunities unavailable to them in countries such as Eritrea, Pakistan, and war-torn Syria. The crisis has left ten dead since June, and generated political and economic concerns for the British and French governments.


News summary of events during the week of 03UG15 – 09AUG15

  • 03AUG: Migrants in Calais made approximately 1,700 attempts to reach England via the Channel Tunnel. (AFP)
  • 03AUG: The British government announced that it will crack down on landlords who do not evict immigrants living in the country illegally. (AFP)
  • 03AUG: The European Union offered emergency funds to help France cope with the ongoing migrant crisis in Calais. (AP)
  • 04AUG: Businesses utilizing the Channel Tunnel have lost revenue due to heavy traffic backups due to the migrants’ attempts to cross into the UK. (WSJ)
  • 05AUG: French police claimed that British far-left anarchists are “manipulating migrants” to stage mass intrusions into the Channel Tunnel and provoke violent clashes with security forces. (Telegraph)
  • 06AUG: As security ramps up around the Channel Tunnel, migrants have started trying to use ferries to get to the UK. (Daily Express)
  • 07AUG: A United Nations representative said the migrant situation in Calais constitutes a “civil emergency.” (Newsweek)
  • 07AUG: The United Nations warned that strengthening security measures in the English Channel would only push migrants to take greater risks. (EFE)
  • 07AUG: A Sudanese national was arrested after allegedly walking the 31 miles of the Channel Tunnel towards Britain. (BBC)
  • 08AUG: The Eurotunnel president accused ministers of sowing panic among the public, and threatened to sue for losses incurred as a result of the crisis. (Telegraph)
  • 08AUG: British Prime Minister David Cameron said the government needs to enhance security in the Channel Tunnel. (Daily Mirror)
  • 09AUG: French police urged the British Army to help French forces combat the migrant crisis. (Telegraph)
  • 09AUG: Eighteen migrants were found hiding in a truck bound for Britain. (AFP)
  • 09AUG: British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the influx of migrants in Europe threatens to undermine living standards and social structures in the European Union. (BBC)



Sample of Twitter handles regarding the Calais migrant crisis

  • @kbennhold – Katrin Bennhold, staff writer, The New York Times
  • @Ce_Schmitt – Céline Schmitt, spokesperson, United Nations Human Refugee Agency (UNHCR)
  • @emilydugan – Emily Dugan, Social Affairs Editor,  The Independent
  • @ColinYeo1 – Immigration blogger and editor, Freedom Movement
  • @josephwillits – Joseph Willits, parliamentary officer, Council for Arab-British Understanding



Samples of Third Party Validators regarding the Calais migrant crisis

Christian Salomé, president of L’Auberge des Migrants

“In England, when [migrants] file an application for asylum, they have chapter, they exist, they are recognized. In France, they submit an application and they go back to a slum.”

–          Dream of better life in Britain fuels Calais migrant chaos, Reuters, 07JUL15


Lisa Doyle, Head of Advocacy at Refugee Council

“As they are barred from working, asylum seekers are forced to live in poverty and have no choice but to rely on the government to provide them with somewhere safe to sleep at night.”

–          Dream of better life in Britain fuels Calais migrant chaos, Reuters, 07JUL15


Ruben Andersson, migration expert at the London School of Economics

“What we’ve seen in Calais over many years is that the more you fortify a border, all you do is displace routes across relatively safe borders to much riskier crossings.”

–          Inside Calais’s Deadly Migrant Crisis, TIME, 01AUG15


Alexander Betts, professor at the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University

“There’s a basic assumption within human rights law that as a government you have to provide economic rights for people who are on your territory. There have been cases in the past of rejected asylum seekers taking governments in Europe to the European Court of Rights and being found against on the basis of destitution.”

–       Calais crisis: UK urged to take in more asylum seekers as fears grow that migrants may target Belgian ports, The Independent, 02AUG15


Matthieu Tardis, migration researcher at the Institut Francais des Relations Internationales

“Many refugees and migrants don’t have a very precise idea of where they’re trying to go.”

–       Refugees Risk Their Lives To Leave France For UK, International Business Times, 04AUG15



Samples of open source research conducted by TRG analysts related to the Calais migrant crisis

1. UK government announces new steps against illegal immigrants


Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 03 August 2015


London, Aug 3, 2015 (AFP) – Britain’s government promised new measures Monday to crack down on illegal immigrants by making landlords evict them, as the Calais migrants crisis continued to dominate the headlines.


Landlords in England who do not remove people with no right to remain in Britain, or do not check their immigration status before renting them a property, could be jailed for up to five years.


The move, announced by Communities Secretary Greg Clark, is set to be included in a new Immigration Bill that parliament will debate in the coming months.


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2. Traffic slowed as Calais migrants try to enter Channel Tunnel


Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 04 August 2015


Lille, France, Aug 4, 2015 (AFP) – Migrants in France made hundreds of attempts overnight to penetrate the Channel Tunnel to get to Britain, a police source said Tuesday, as an unidentified “anomaly” in the tunnel slowed traffic.


The migrant crisis in the northern French port of Calais has hit the headlines in the past week, with people desperate to reach Britain making attempt after attempt to breach Eurotunnel defences, some paying for it with their lives.


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3. 18 migrants found hiding in truck on British motorway


Media: Agence France-Presse (AFP)

Byline: N/A

Date: 09 August 2015


London, Aug 9, 2015 (AFP) – Eighteen migrants have been found stowing

away in a lorry on a British motorway, police said Sunday.


The migrants were found after the lorry was stopped Saturday by

police on the M1 near Flamstead, north of London, 111 miles (178

kilometres) northwest of Folkestone, where Britain’s Eurotunnel

cross-Channel terminal is located.


The driver of the truck, a 40-year-old man from Poland, has been

arrested on suspicion of assisting people entering the country



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4. Hammond: African migrant surge imperils EU social infrastructure


Media: Reuters

Byline: Andrew Osborn

Date: 09 August 2015


LONDON (Reuters) – A surge in migrants from Africa threatens the

European Union’s living standards and social infrastructure, British

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said on Sunday, saying the bloc was

unable to take in millions of people seeking a new life.


Hammond’s comments, some of his most outspoken on the subject yet,

underscore how the British government is ramping up its

anti-immigration rhetoric in response to a spike in migrant attempts

to reach Britain via the Channel Tunnel from France.


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5. Cameron ‘shares Philip Hammond’s concerns’ about migrant threat


Media: The Guardian (UK)

Byline: Rowena Mason and Frances Perraudin

Date: 10 August 2015


David Cameron shares the foreign secretary’s concerns about

millions of African migrants threatening the UK’s standards of

living, Downing Street has said.


The prime minister’s official spokeswoman on Monday backed Philip

Hammond’s warning about the inability of Europe to absorb millions

of new residents from Africa, but would not repeat his language about

migrants “marauding” around the Channel tunnel entrance at

Coquelles, near Calais, in northern France.


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