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"In the end everyone is bound together by the same aim, to get to the UK, where freedom—and maybe even a job—must await."
Cuz you know, France isn't free... Sure...
Does the play portray the truckers simply trying to drive into the chunnel? The ones who were assaulted and pelted with rocks and paving stones by those seeking "a better life"?
We know they weren't. Their stories are not pathos inducing enough and don't merit a "thoughtful dramatization".
There were no people seeking refuge in the Jungle, there are only people seeking to go somewhere to which they do not have a right to go, rather than accepting refugee status in France. The fact that the French were not prepared to arrest them as illegal immigrants (because they haven't got a regular status in France, presumably) clearly indicates that they were being used as pawns in the political games between London and Paris.
The right answer in the long term is more radical thinking; the establishment, somewhere, of a secure environment for all who want refugee status and who aren't wanted elsewhere. It needs to be adequately safe, and offer educational opportunities to allow its residents to prove what skills they have, so that they become desirable migrants. It needs to be away from Europe, so there's no prospect of its residents escaping into where they want to be. Any resident may leave at any time for any country that will have them. Any illegal migrant in any country should be sent there on being detained in the country where they are unlawfully present if they cannot be returned to their own country. A candidate for the location is the Falkland Islands, though French Guiana might work.
The object of course is to deter illegal migration whilst enabling those who have desirable skills to prove that - and move on.
This 'secure environment for all who want refugee status and who aren't wanted elsewhere' exists for decades, These are refugee camps immediately adjacent to the war zone.
People on their journey between Asia or Africa and Calais passed many secure areas.
Australia's approach to migration is much more humane. Europe's half-open doors has encouraged trafficking, caused the deaths of 100's risking unsafe sea crossings, let in terrorists and caused the rise of right-wing politics across Europe.
For me, Calais Jungle is a proof of collapse of Europe's institutions, and degeneration of the intellectual school dominant in the West.
This play is further proof. Some, more down-to-Earth countries would simply clear an illegal camp and deport migrants. Instead, somebody written a theater play.
Europe strongly recalls a collapsing empire, maybe a fictionalized version of late imperial China, where bureaucrats were hired for their artistic ability but the empire could not keep invaders out.
America, which is the greatest country in the world, economically, militarily and geographically, has roughly 10 million undocumented migrants.
Which is proof that everything you say is nonsense.
America has many more than that and the situation is literally ripping apart our society. Too many seeking a better life and the boat sinks.
Lucky for us this land is mostly unpopulated (ever been west of the rockies?). Also lucky for us it is not ripping our society apart literally.