Set up camps near Eurostar terminal 27th April 2011: As France and Italy have met to discuss the issue of reintroducing border controls throughout Europe, migrants are threatening to enter Britain.
The French President and Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi held emergency talks in Rome.
But, the face-off between France and Italy is expected to continue as neither President Nicolas Sarkozy or Berlusconi have come out with suggestions to resolve the problem.
Rather, they have called for Europe’s border agency Frontex to do more to control the flow of migrants. The Northern European countries too have been urged to do more to assist Mediterranean nations facing the burden of refugee exodus.
France has already threatened to knock over the Schengen border treaty permitting passport-free travel through Europe. It, in fact, warned of introducing border controls while responding to Italy’s decision of issuing the migrants travel documents.
Nicolas Sarkozy has even vowed to do all he can to drive out approximately 26,000 Arab refugees who have either entered or are on their way to France, after being handed over EU identity documents and residence permits by Italy
The Tunisian and Libyan migrants are currently having provisional six-month Italian residence permits. It permits them to take a trip freely without passports or frontier checks in 25-member "Schengen" zone.
As of now, hundreds of Tunisian and Libyan immigrants have set up camps near the Paris’s Eurostar terminal; and are threatening to find their way into Britain.
The Italian papers are not applicable to Britain. Like Ireland, it is outside the Schengen area zone. It is believed desperate migrants are working out the modalities to pay their way to Britain.
The chances of their paying people smugglers to enable them illegally undertake a journey to Britain for disappearing into the black economy cannot be ruled out.
Immigrants going by the illegal route normally get on a train to Calais from Paris. They then depend on organised crime gangs to get on ferries heading for Dover.