Foreign Secretary latest MP to stir controversy with 'marauding' migrant comment

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is facing a backlash over his choice of words in referring to migrants trying to get to the UK.

Calais crisis: War of words continues
Calais crisis: War of words continues

Speaking to the BBC from Singapore, Hammond said: "So long as there are large numbers of pretty desperate migrants marauding around the area, there always will be a threat to the tunnel security.

"We’ve got to resolve this problem ultimately by being able to return those who are not entitled to claim asylum back to their countries of origin."

He went on to claim that "Europe can’t protect itself, preserve its standard of living and social infrastructure if it has to absorb millions of migrants from Africa".

Hammond's use of the term ‘marauding’ has drawn widespread criticism. Politicians, PR professionals, journalists and the general public have pointed out that not all migrants should be portrayed as criminals – with many attempting to escape war and persecution.

Last month, Prime Minister David Cameron was branded 'disgraceful' and accused of 'dehumanising' migrants when he described them as a "swarm".

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