Italy fears it will see its own ‘Calais Jungle’ with migrants trapped on its border with France…

Italy is determined to ensure town of Ventimiglia on its border with France does not become ‘another Calais’ as migrants try to find alternative routes into northern Europe.

Thousands of refugees crossing the Mediterranean from north Africa land in Italy and the majority of them are aiming to get to friends or family or black market jobs in Germany, France or the Low Countries.

As the border-free controls of Schengen gradually break down the French authorities have made it harder for migrants to flood across the frontier from Italy and at the weekend French riot police used pepper spray to stop migrants crossing.

  • tom_billesley

    It’s heartbreaking to see those Syrian women, pregnant and with young children, scrambling over rocks.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    All this could have been avoided if the Italian Navy sank the smuggling boats. All it takes is just a few and the rest would get the message.

  • k1962

    If the Italian navy feels the need to rescue them a stones throw from Libya, then let the Italians be stuck with them!