French Foreign Minister Gerald Darmanin confirmed that France intends to deploy more police officers on the country’s border with Belgium to stem the flow of migrants.
The decision comes after a total of 17,000 migrants traveled through Belgium in order to cross into the UK, SchnegenVisaInfo.com reports.
Authorities in France have announced that a large number of migrants are using the ports of Zeebrugge and Ostend as transit points with the help of people smugglers. According to them, other migrants make their way from the Belgian coast to the French coast, where the crossing is shorter but not safer.
Fifty percent of the migrants who want to cross from Calais and Dunkirk come from Belgium. I asked the governor to deploy surveillance personnel along the entire Belgian border to catch smugglers and migrants who want to leave Belgium to reach northern France in order to drain the well. This strategy has proven its worth. We ask our Belgian friends to do the same on their part, Darmanin noted.
In addition, Darmanin urged the UK authorities to pay the 63 million euros (£54 million) promised by the latter’s government in order to prevent migrants from reaching its shores.
On the other hand, Belgium’s Minister of Home Affairs, Annelies Verlinden, said that she does not believe that “any country benefits from pointing to each other and searching for the culprit”.
“There is no point in pointing fingers at each other. We must find a solution to the conflicting migrants problem because this requires European cooperation and coordination. Just holding the neighboring countries responsible – for me – is not the solution.”
The issue of migrants and refugees raises many controversies, and is among the most discussed among the European Union authorities; However, no concrete solution to this problem has been found.
Recently, TheSchengen.com reported that 12 EU member states urged updating the Schengen border law in order to allow “physical barriers” as precautionary measures at borders.
In this regard, Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Slovakia sent a joint letter to European Commission Deputy Schinas, Commissioner for Internal Affairs Ilva Johansson and the Slovenian Presidency of the European Union. Adaptation of the European Union’s legal framework to new realities.
However, some European authorities do not consider fences and walls sufficient protective measures to deal with the recent influx of migrants, mostly from Afghanistan, trying to reach European countries. According to them, the concentration camps will help to deal with the increasing numbers of immigrants.