Hundreds of activists have gathered in Calais to protest against the installation of what they call the Wall of Shame, a 12 mile-long security fence to stop migrants from crossing the Channel.
It comes as the world marks International Migrants Day, with the news that 2014 was the deadliest yet for migrants fleeing conflicts.
“The principle of free movement of people which has been agreed in the EU has not been implemented properly for years,” remarked Jean Roussea, Head of the EMMAUS charity. “We install security measures although everyone has seen that it has no effect. It costs a lot of money, provokes a large number of deaths. So it’s high time for change because the migratory pressure and the conflicts around the Mediterranean sea, are not something that will end tomorrow,” he said.
In recent weeks EU leaders have set out very different approaches to immigration, prompted by the rise in far-right parties. From reducing the number of migrants to fighting against discrimination Europe appears on a collision course on the issue.