Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for South East England, has called for a stop to the ‘demonisation of migrants’ after being delayed for more than four hours at Dover yesterday (Tuesday, June 23) because of a strike at Calais.
He also asked for ‘humanity and compassion’ to be shown towards migrants who used the strike as an opportunity to try and gain entry to the UK.
Mr Taylor was on his way from London to Brussels via the Euro tunnel when he was caught up in the travel delays at Dover.
He said, “It was inconvenient being held up at Dover for over four hours but this bears no comparison to the misery and suffering migrants face on a daily basis at Calais.
“The real crisis here is for those seeking sanctuary, not for the irritated passengers.
“We have to show more humanity and compassion and I’m shocked by those who have used this crisis as an opportunity to demonise desperate migrants taking desperate measures.
“I have the great benefit of being lucky enough to be born in Britain but who could say what any of us would do if we are fleeing miserable conditions in unsafe countries.
“Better opportunities for legal access to Britain would be a good response to yesterday’s crisis, and greater commitment to combating the underlying reasons why refugees flee their country of origin.”
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