The belgian authorities want to prevent the installation of camps following the dismantling of the Calais “jungle”. The police unions have activated a notice of strike to denounce the lack of numbers.
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In Brussels, the belgian authorities are worried again about a possible influx of migrants to the border of Belgium with France during the dismantling of the Calais “jungle”. They decided to practice, on Monday 24 October, ” controls with intensive “ in west-Flanders in order to prevent the installation of settlements in the municipalities for some, such as the seaside resort of de Panne, less than 60 kilometres from Calais.
A little more than 1 000 people from the “jungle” would have been intercepted by the belgian police since the month of August. They tried generally to reach Zeebrugge, a port, now under high surveillance, where ferries to England.
Jan Ham, the federal minister of the interior has decided to mobilize some 50 officers of additional police for the strengthening of controls after the announcement of the beginning of the dismantling of the camp in Calais. They should be 120 in total Monday, responsible, inter alia, to record the fingerprints of all migrants that they intercepteraient. Aliens – very rare, without a doubt, as has been demonstrated in the earlier episodes – who could decide to introduce an asylum application in Belgium will be directed to reception centres. The other should be returned immediately to the border.
A lack of numbers terminated
The plan of Mr. Ham, christened “Medusa 2″ does not, however, the enthusiasm of the police officers are supposed to patrol 24 hours on 24 for this mission. Four of their unions, have decided, during the weekend, to enable a notice of strike filed several months ago. This notice will cover any agent deciding to go on strike if he was mobilised by the operation to the franco-belgian border.
To justify their decision, the trade unions evoke the overload of work imposed since the attacks of 22 march, Brussels and Zaventem airport. They point to a lack of personnel that, according to them, puts in danger the security in various places of the country. They point out that the derogations that they had accepted for additional benefits in the area of the Outage not ran that until mid-may.
The police are concerned, moreover, the legal framework for the missions of interception and deportation of illegal immigrants at the border. On 20 September, a team had been caught in French territory by the national police of france. These agents belgian deposited 13 migrants from the ” jungle “. the ” An error of a few tens of metres “, had said Mr. Ham, by trying to minimize the incident ” a small incident “. The case had, however, sparked a feud with diplomatic.
” We do not want a repetition of this kind of situation “ explains, in his side, Vincent Gilles, of the free trade Union of the public service, which calls for a quick consultation with the minister.
It remains to be seen whether the dismantling of the “jungle” will not have consequences elsewhere in Belgium. The mayor of Schaerbeek, one of 19 municipalities of the Brussels Region, was at the end of last week that 60 illegal immigrants were intercepted at the North station, located on the territory of the commune. They claimed to come from Calais.
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