Migrants Return To Calais Months After ‘Jungle’ Camp Demolition
Migrants are again flocking to the French city of Calais three months after authorities demolished the “Jungle” camp.
Calais, which is connected to the United Kingdom through the Channel Tunnel, or “Chunnel,” rose to fame after a large migrant camp formed in the town. An Ethiopian man died Saturday after getting hit by a truck near the port in Calais, and authorities estimate dozens of migrants return each day.
Thousands of refugees were bussed out of the town in October when the camp was declared closed. Frédéric Baland, a police union spokesman, said as many as 50 migrants per day arrive in Calais with the aim of reaching the U.K. (RELATED: France Starts Demolition Of ‘Jungle’ Migrant Camp After Weekend Of Clashes)
“Dismantling the camp has not stopped the flow of migrants in Calais,” Baland said, according to The Telegraph. “We’ve gone back to the same situation we had here three or four years ago, with small groups scattered in the town. We estimate the number of daily arrivals at between 30 and 50.”
The U.K. funded a 13-foot-tall wall along the freeway to stop migrants from hijacking truckers. Construction was completed two months after the the Jungle demolition, which led many to wonder why it was constructed in the first place.
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