How Britain helped create this refugee crisis


Blurred refugees on a boatsource: New Internationalist
published: 4 September 2015

I was one of the 2,000 passengers stuck on the Eurostar outside Calais on Tuesday night, as the refugee crisis forced its way onto Europe’s front pages.

Contrary to media reports of passengers being prepared to smash windows in anger, the people in my carriage remained quiet throughout the 5 hours we were held in the dark outside the tunnel.

Many had young families with them, and I listened as parents tried to explain to their children just why we were being prevented from getting home.

In all the words I heard spoken, there was a quiet acknowledgement that any temporary inconvenience facing people on the train could never compare with the desperate situation of those outside it.

It is heartening that this basic sense of human compassion now seems to be the dominant public reaction in Britain as a whole.

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