Regardless of Brexit, I do not understand how the transit-migrants work, the majority of illegal migrants in Northern France trying to reach the UK and elsewhere did not land in France, additionally, freedom of movement does not apply to illegal immigrants.
So how do they get from Italy to France?
You are clearly not fully understanding FoM and mixing it up with passport free travel:
1/ FoM is a citizen right of EU citizens only
which allows them to move to and settle in any EU country.
2/ Passport free travel is something which comes with the Schengen Area and basically means all people within the area
can travel from one Schengen country to another without being checked at the border.
The 2 things do not mean the same and although in many cases they do overlap, they don't have to: the UK for intance is in the EU (and thus has FoM), but is outside of the Schengenzone (and thus has border posts checking passports upon entry to the UK), but because of item 1, they can not refuse entry to EU citizens, leading many to think that leaving the EU would mean 'truely taking back control of our borders', whereas as I have tried to explain you, the very opposite may very well be true if the French play it not so nicely...
To reply to your question: those transit migrants enter the Schengen Area somewhere illegally via its almost endless costal borders in the east and south of Europe and then make their way up throughout the different Schengen memberstates pretty much unhindered, similar to how somebody landing in Scotland could make his way unhindered to the south of England...
Only when they turn up at the French coast just before their attempt to cross the Channel are they held back by French police in respect of the Touquet agreement and so the French (and the Belgians and Dutch to a lesser degree) are until now so kind to take on a massive humanitarian burden which should actually be a purely British one: i.e. it that of holding back and hosting unwanted immigrants on behalf of the UK.
Some interesting reading on the particular arrangement and the risk to it because of Brexit:https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... nce-saying
Also, note how the then French minister who made the chilling treat is called…
Hold a minute! Don't you know him as somebody else today?
I hope the UK is also preparing not only to create additional parking lots in the south east, but also ample space for a Dover Jungle.
FoM, Schengen, Le Touquet agreement... they all seem pretty much the same to many Brits, but they aren't!
The total lack of understanding of all the legal subtleties by most ordinary people like you yourself admit as well as the refusal to try to explain it as simple as possible to them by their politicians is going to bite the UK very badly as it will discover many many unwanted consequences of its departure from the EU (and all that goes with it) as they develop. By leaving the EU with no deal, the UK hands France (and others) the possiblility to basically control the flow of migrants towards it! How do you like the prospect of Macron holding his hand on the tap, able to tun it open anytime he wants some concessions from the British government? Remember it's just a few miles from Calais to Dover, and all that is needed is a day of good weather and few rubber boats to fill the British coasts with immigrants… and the British tabloids with pictures of their arrival!
I remember that at some point the Turks were said to offer lifevests to all Syrians willing to cross into Greece, allegedly on a purely humanitarian basis... I can imagine the French being so 'noble' too: it's basically what that then French minister has said, didn't he?
Bojo will surely love the idea of it once he's PM...
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