[ View the story ""Swarm" of migrants comment lands Cameron in trouble over #CalaisCrisis" on Storify] "Swarm" of migrants comment lands Cameron in trouble over #CalaisCrisis As thousands try to seek refuge in Britain, UK residents debate their government's response.
The Stream· Thu, Jul 30 2015 18:47:40
UK PM #Cameron on #migrantcrisis & #calaismigrants. Migrants described as a swarm. Appalling language & sentiment.
Many criticised Cameron for using "dehumanising" language.
Cameron referring to desperate human beings as a 'swarm' is demeaning and ignites the flames of xenophobia #Calais #ProudToProtectJCWImmigrants
By blaming ‘migrant swarms’ for the current crisis in #Calais David Cameron risks dehumanising some of the world’s most desperate peopleLib Dem HQ Diversity
Some didn't see his choice of words as a problem.
Swarm: to move in large numbers.
3,500 thousand people going to one place? Seems to fit the definition nicely. #calais #calaismigrantsTom M
Can’t believe they’re going after Cameron because the #Calais lot as a ‘swarm’. How about they come up with some solutions.LTH London
Others chimed in, blaming what they say is inaction on the authorities' side to address the crisis.
So nine migrants have died in #calaismigrants tragedy and @Nigel_Farage sole concern is that a British lorry driver 'might' die #UKIPLee Jasper
While refugees risk death to find a better life, Cameron sympathizes with UK holidaymakers delayed by this. #IdiotNation #calaismigrantsJim Harrison
I find the inaction of politicians to address a crisis across the EU & political spectrum more offensive than the word "swarm" #CalaisYveette Copper
Some said the UK should take a stronger stance to prevent migrants from trying to enter through the Tunnel.
I've experienced the chaos in Calais for myself. We should now consider calling in the Army to help check vehicles for migrants at Dover.Nigel Farage
We need send out a strong message to these migrants trying to come here, that they will be shot if they attempt to get here. #calaismigrantsMatt™
#calaismigrants. Time for action I'm afraid these immigrants need to be locked up so we can continue with normal international travel againDaniels EstateAgents
Others said the responsibility falls on France.
#France has the means to greatly improve situation in #Calais a humane way. It should act now, before the death list gets longer.Aurélie Poelhekke
They've entered France, a safe country, illegally. French should return them to borders they crossed & stop them crossing #calaismigrantsMike Ellis
Others suggested the situation should be addressed as a humanitarian crisis.
It's saddening that the #calaismigrants situation is being talked about as though it is a security threat, rather than a humanitarian crisisElla Marshall
Rather spending millions on fences & apparently losing billions in trade, use the money to help the #calaismigrants & other refugee nations.Ahuman
is one of the dominant issues in a forthcoming referendum on the UK's future in the European Union. About 63 per cent of Britons and 67 per cent of the French want to
Europe's open borders policy, according to the French Institute of Public Opinion.
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