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Channel ferry services disrupted by Calais blockade

Ferry services suspended due to industrial action at Port of Calais Credit: Reuters

Cross-Channel ferry services have been disrupted due to a blockade at the Port of Calais.

Ferry movements at the French port were suspended due to industrial action by former MyFerryLink staff members.

Mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart said she regretted that the port was being taken "hostage" and travellers are urged to contact their operator before setting off.

A Port of Dover spokesman said: "We will continue to monitor the situation closely in liaison with our ferry partners and the Port of Calais in order to resume normal operations as soon as possible."

Up to 2,000 British holidaymakers and other travellers are thought to be affected.

Workers are protesting the potential loss of 600 jobs caused by the sale of MyFerryLink, which provides services between Dover and Calais, according to the Daily Telegraph.

EU ministers to hold extraordinary meeting on migrant crisis

European Union ministers have been called to an extraordinary EU meeting on Sept. 14 to discuss a huge surge in irregular immigration, as European leaders struggle to define a coherent response to the crisis.

Luxembourg, which holds the rotating EU presidency and called the meeting, said in a statement:

The situation of migration phenomena outside and inside the European Union has recently taken unprecedented proportions.

In order to assess the situation on the ground, the political actions under way and to discuss the next steps in order to strengthen the European response, the Luxembourg Minister for Immigration and Asylum Jean Asselborn decided to convene an extraordinary Justice and Home Affairs Council.

– Statement announcing the meeting

The meeting will reportedly be focused on return policy, international cooperation, and investigation and measures to prevent human trafficking.

Earlier today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged other European Union countries to accept a greater share of the refugees, as her government struggles to cope with an expected record 800,000 arrivals this year.

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