It would be more honest if governments recognized to have only a limited influence on the movement of people. It is also not desirable that the state owns too much power in this area, as population control is linked, in recent history, to totalitarianism. In a democracy, state power must have limits.
In this front-back, the reality is clear: despite the violence and the repeated destruction of entire parts of the slum (see here and here, in French), migrants in Calais have grown in number. After counting – work held in half a day by police (associations Help Refugees and Migrants Auberge make their censuses in over three days and their volunteers have the trust of the migrants), the Prefecture recognizes everything lowerbounding the size. The mayor of Calais is places in the political game by denouncing the impotence of the government.
Yet, everyone knows that the policies that the prefecture carried on for fifteen years, based on harassment, did not deter migrants to come here on their way to the UK. Are powerless. And everyone knows that things will last. The prefecture received management of the site where are the slum and the containers camp for a period of six years, from 3 December 2015.
But rather than acknowledge their limits and seek a positive outcome to the situation, the authorities are even more carrying on their policies, the same that they have followed until now.
After having erected kilometers of wire fencing and barbed wire with razor blades, they will now build a wall along the ring road to access the port, between the road de Gravelines and the roundabout Beaumarais. In fact, the attempts of migrants have already moved to more upstream part of the ring road, so the wall will do nothing but accelerating that movement.
The wall will cost $ 2.7 million, pretty far what have been spent on Grande-Synthe camp, planned initially to accommodate 2,500 people in accordance with international standards.
A matter of choice.