There is a place in Calais, France known as “the Jungle.”  Nearly one hundred refugees from Sudan, Afghanistan, Eritrea, and so many other countries are arriving every single day and trying to find what little space there is to pitch their tents in “the Jungle.”  Calais is located right at the edge of the English Channel and very close to Britain so, naturally, it’s the perfect location for refugees who are ultimately trying to get to Britain.

This past Monday, the president of France, François Hollande, reinforced a commitment he previously made- to take down and get rid of this jungle of a refugee camp.  French authorities have planned to start this process at the beginning of October.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult for these refugees and migrants to find ways of getting to their destination as more and more countries in Europe are cracking down and doing everything in their power to stop them.  Barbed wire fences are being built, traffic stops are put into place, and police regularly make rounds with tear gas in hand.  But what else is there for these refugees to do?

On the other hand, we have to acknowledge that France (and many other European countries) have been doing a lot to cope with this crisis, and they are being forced to deal with the results and consequences.  For example, this jungle of tents in Calais is really affecting the economy and business of the surrounding area.  Many of these countries are not equipped to deal with the magnitude of the situation and are really struggling to balance everything.  Obviously, more needs to be done, but what?

We simply can’t ignore the fact that there are thousands of innocent people simply trying to pursue a better life and find a safe place to call home.  They have nowhere to go and we cannot just turn our backs on them.  Hopefully, more plans can be made in the near future that will provide more realistic solutions to this problem.

For the full NY Times article, click here.