Move Out: The French Government Says 'Au Revoir' To Thousands of Refugees

Wall Street Journal

Thousands of refugees moved from French city of Calais

The Short of It:

Yesterday, French authorities began to move thousands of immigrants staying in a cramped makeshift refugee camp out of northern France.

The Longer Version of It:

The port city of Calais, located in northern France, has acted as a refugee base for over 6,000 migrants and refugees in the past year. The camp, whose nickname 'the jungle' is indicative of its conditions, has become symbolic of the ways in which the EU has dropped the ball in handling the worst migrant and refugee crisis since World War II. The French government is now working to clear the campers out of the region and relocate them to shelters across the country where they will be able to apply for asylum.

Why are these refugees there in the first place?

In a very vague world, it's kind of like the time your BFF and her BF got into that major argument and she asked to crash at your place for a week-- which eventually turned into several months. Despite the stack of dirty dishes she piled up in your sink and her running up the electric bill, you couldn't kick her out because she had no where to go and you're not that mean. In this equation you're France and your BFF is Syria.

2010 saw the revolutionary wave of demonstrations, protest, riots coups and civil wars known as the Arab Spring, which is largely traced back to dissatisfaction with the rule of local governments. Iraq and Syria are two countries that were hugely affected by government coups and civil wars. The ensuing civil wars that have continued into recent years have seen tens of millions of migrants and refugees to escape the war and poverty in these countries. Most of them have moved over to the EU, while thousands have died in an attempt to make the journey. So, remember, your BFF issue is no where near as serious.

The Takeaway:

Violence in Iraq and Syria continues to be an ongoing issue, despite efforts to abate tension and put out fires of conflict. Yet, the violence in Iraq and Syria doesn't seem like it's going to let up anytime soon. Last week, the Iraqi gov (with help from the U.S.) launched an attack to remove ISIS from their key city Mosul. The battle to take back the last major stronghold for the terror group in Iraq could be a great win leading up to the defeat of ISIS but it's likely that it will force around a million more people to escape from the area. This means the EU will have to deal with even more refugee camps like 'the jungle' for quite a while, especially because they still don't have a solid plan on how to handle the massive number of refugees. In Syria, the temporary cease-fire in Aleppo has quickly fallen apart leading to the resuming of coming over the weekend. So, not all is well.