Migrants dig in for a Calais winter as bids to reach UK go on
By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France (Reuters) – Migrants camped on France’s north coast continued their bids to reach Britain on Thursday as the first autumn winds blew into their sprawl of tents and shanties and EU leaders arrived in Brussels, 200 kilometers away, to discuss the broader crisis. More than 3,500 migrants fleeing war and poverty in North Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere are camped around the town of Calais. A team of Reuters reporters saw groups of migrants going onto rail tracks and heading for the tunnel through gaps in the fence and, in one place about 3.5 kilometers (2.2 miles) from the tunnel entrance, through an open gate.
4 November, 2016 Police clear Paris migrant camp that swelled after Calais closure By Matthias Blamont and Cyril Camu PARIS (Reuters) - French police removed thousands of migrants on Friday from a squalid camp in northeast Paris that had doubled in size after the closure last week of the "Jungle" camp in Calais. "It's finished," a spokesman for the Paris prefect of […]
2 March, 2016 Demolition at French migrant camp enters third day "You need to get out, the demolition is starting," police warned, banging on the side of the shacks in what has become France's biggest slum, as a bulldozer stood by. France wants the migrants, mostly fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa, to move into better […]
9 November, 2015 EU turns to African leaders to stem migrant crisis Having recently pressed Turkey to stem the flow of Syrian refugees, Europe is turning its attention to the other main source of an unprecedented number of people fleeing across the Mediterranean. The gathering of more than 50 leaders from both continents on Tuesday and Wednesday will see […]
26 October, 2016 Clearance of Calais Jungle camp accomplished, French prefect says By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France (Reuters) - French authorities said on Wednesday they had finished clearing the "Jungle", a shanty town outside Calais built by migrants who had hoped to cross to Britain but who are now mostly being dispersed around France. The operation passed off […]
25 October, 2016 Workers wield sledgehammers to tear down Calais “Jungle” By Matthias Blamont CALAIS, France (Reuters) - French workers began demolishing the "Jungle" shanty town in Calais on Tuesday, wielding sledgehammers to tear down makeshift dwellings as their former residents - migrants seeking entry to Britain - were moved out. Police equipped with […]