CALAIS : FRANCE TO TIGHTEN SECURITY AT MIGRANT CAMP
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The police presence at the refugee camp near the northern French city of Calais will be stepped up to better manage the surging number of undocumented African migrants there, France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Wednesday.
Around 6,000 migrants have been camping out rough for months on the outskirts of the French port city. They seek to cross the Channel Tunnel, the terminal of which is located in Calais, and claim asylum in the United Kingdom. The approaching winter has added urgency to their precarious situation.
As temperatures drop, the French Interior Ministry has pledged to accommodate all women and children stranded at the makeshift "jungle" camp near Calais.
Every night, desperate migrants – from Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, as well as Syria and Afghanistan – attempt crossing to England. At least 16 have died in traffic accidents at the entrance or inside the Channel Tunnel since June.
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