Migrants ‘could set up a "jungle-style" camp on the EU headquarters' doorstep’ in Brussels, Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister warned, referring to the crime-infested migrant camp known as the “Jungle” located in the French port city of Calais.
Country’s Deputy Prime Minister Jan Jambon ordered the law enforcement authorities to take appropriate action to prevent a Calais-like situation from developing in the Belgian capital. The city also serves as the administrative capital of the European Union.
The law and order situation in Brussels has deteriorated since the migrant crisis began two years ago. Last November, the city was hit by violent riots after Moroccan immigrants went on a rampage to ‘celebrate’ the North African country’s victory in a soccer match. Migrants burned cars, smashed glass, and looted shops across the city, the BBC reported. A series of migrant riots has been reported in the Belgian capital ever since.
UK newspaper Daily Mail reported the Belgium’s Deputy Prime Minister’s comments:
The EU has been warned that a new ‘Calais Jungle’ could spring up on its headquarters’ doorstep.
Belgium’s deputy prime minister Jan Jambon said an unofficial migrant camp in Brussels was inevitable unless authorities took action.
It is feared the city has become a new hub for people-smuggling gangs hoping to find a backdoor into Britain.
Speaking to a parliamentary committee last week, Mr Jambon said: ‘If we want to avoid a new Calais Jungle, continuous monitoring has to be carried out.’
The warning came after the minister gave the green light to a police crackdown to tackle an apparent increase in UK-bound migrants arriving in Brussels. The approach prompted a furious response from charities and activists, who accused the senior politician of fear-mongering.
Despite dismantling the Calais Jungle in October 2016, the French authorities haven’t been able to stabilize the situation around the city. Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron asked the UK to pay £45 million for “security measures” in Calais. The French demand cause public outrage in the UK. The Island nation is already spending around £850,000 a day to secure its coasts.
Meanwhile, similar migrant camps are popping up in other European cities including Paris and Berlin. Last winter, French police was called in to clear a ‘mini-Jungle’ in the middle of Paris that housed some 3,000 migrants.
The problem in Brussels, however, isn’t limited to violent crimes and rioting alone. The city has become a major center of jihadi terror activity. Following the November 2015 Islamist attacks on Paris, the city’s Muslim-dominated Molenbeek district became the focus of investigation as Belgian Special Forces hunted for fugitive Islamic terrorists involved in those attacks. In March 2016, Brussels itself was hit by a series of coordinated bomb attacks. The terrorists involved in those attacks came from the Molenbeek district as well. The suburban district has around a 40 percent Muslim population and has been referred to by the media as a “no-go-zone” for Belgian police.
It is ironic to see the city that once prided itself on its multiculturalism lose control of the streets to terrorists and migrant gangs.