A construction project for a security fence in the border between France and Great Britain faces protest

A construction project for a security fence in the border between France and Great Britain faces protest

Radio Erena: 20 December 2014


A protest in opposition of a construction project to build a security fences in the port city of City bordering France and Great Britain to stop immigrants from Eritrea and other countries was held this past Thursday 18th of December.

The protesters, who were accompanied by many immigrants, supporters of immigration and tens of human rights organizations, criticized the construction project as inhumane.


According to Eritrean immigrants in the port city of Calais, there is additional plan to build 3-kilometres-high-wall in the border between France and Great Britain to stop the immigrants from crossing over to Great Britain.  

According to sources, the project had been rejected by the mayor of the Calais – Natacha Bouchart although she has been pressuring her government to find a solution to the growing number of immigrants in her city. Mayor Bouchart said Great Britain can build the wall in its own territory not in Calais.

Great Britain is seen to repeatedly pushing France regarding the building of the wall, although talks between the two countries has been stalled for failing to agree on a sustainable solution to the grown number of immigrants crossing over to their counties.

This month, France decided to convert a manufacturing storage into a shelter for the 1500 immigrants dominated by Eritreans, Ethiopians, and Sudanese nationals, in the port city of Calais to protect them from the harsh winter weather.

Meanwhile, Great Britain had talks with the Eritrean government to seek a solution to stop emigration as most of the immigrants from the Calais crossing over to its country are Eritreans.

Some European Union member states have also began talking to the Eritrean government while others indicated they have plans to visit Eritrea for talks on the matter in the near future.

There are speculations that the member states might bring up issues such as the endless national service and human rights violations in their discussions with the government of Eritrea although many of them believe that giving donations to Eritrea for development and education might reduce emigration.