Summary: This Tuesday, September 6th, British authorities confirmed that beginning this month in Calais, France, a wall is being built to keep immigrants and refugees out. Prior to the announcement local French residents and truck drivers protested against the migrants in the large camp outside of the city. The camp is made up of roughly 7,000 to 9,000 migrants and refugees mainly from Afghanistan and Sudan and the French government has made multiple promises to close it. The wall is planned to be 13 feet high and made out of smooth concrete, and is part of a multi million dollar Franco-British security package. However segments of the British government fear that the wall is associated with presidential nominee Donald Trump and will send an exclusionary message. The overall hope of the wall is to keep migrants away from the city port since many try to stow away on UK bound trucks and ferries.
Connection: This article connects very closely to the current promises Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump has made about his plan to build a wall between the United States and Mexico. Both concepts are very similar, such as the goal to keep immigrants and refugees out because they're "bad" and many residents of countries don't want them in their country.
Question(s) for discussion: Do you think this new wall in France will be successful? Why/Why not? As this story continues to progress, what do you think the reactions will be from French residents? England? US? What are some other possible solutions to the current migrant crisis?