But the politically explosive nature of immigration, especially five months before the French presidential election, makes it difficult to consider new approaches, Krimi said. Her report – which recommended improving the living and working conditions of migrants and streamlining asylum applications – was criticized, even by members of her own party.
In Calais, migrants hoping to reach Britain are becoming increasingly desperate.
Sassd Amian, 25, a migrant from South Sudan, said he put his hope in the trucks on their way to the Channel Tunnel.
A degree in architecture, Mr. Amian said it was his “dream to come to England”, which he described as “a strong country, well educated and where the English language is spoken.”
Mr Amian said he had fled the war in South Sudan four years ago and that he had endured the crossing of the Mediterranean to Italy, with a shortage of food and water, following stops in Egypt and Libya.
When trucks go through a roundabout on the way to the canal tunnel, there is a moment – just a few seconds – when you can try to slide in between the shoulders and find a hiding place, said Amian. Several people have lost their legs and some have died when they tried, migrants say.
But after getting this far, Mr. Amian that he was fearless.
“Death,” he said, “is nothing new in this life.”