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.

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