Are they economic migrants or refugees?
The dreadful scenes we’re seeing in the Mediterranean and across Europe are a symptom of the crisis. But make no mistake, this is a refugee crisis. According to the UN’s Refugee Agency, 84% of those arriving in Europe during 2015 came from the world’s top ten refugee producing countries.
Where are they coming from?
A number of spiraling crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Ukraine and Iraq have partly driven the crisis, but more than half of all refugees worldwide in 2014 came from just three countries experiencing brutal civil wars: Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia.
Is the UK taking it's fair share of refugees?
In total, about 30,000 refugees claimed asylum in the UK last year. Compare this with Lebanon, which has accepted over a million since the Syrian crisis began.
Why are there so many young, single men?
Men are targeted by groups like ISIS, and by the Syrian government - either to be conscripted or to eradicated as a threat. In Eritrea, all men are required to undertake indefinite military conscription which amounts to slave labor.
Why don't they apply for asylum in France?
France has one of the lowest asylum acceptance rates in Europe, and terrible conditions for applicants. Over a third of the Calais Jungle’s residents have family in the UK; others served in the British army in Afghanistan and were forced out of their homes because of this. Many also have English as their second language so the UK offers the best chance for them to integrate.
The UK must do it's bit to resolve this humanitarian crisis and provide these people the protection they deserve.
The US should accept more refugees: the humanitarian crises is, after all, a consequence of US interventionism.