The controversial new strategy to draw migrants out of Calais 'jungle'


The northern French port of Calais was this week the scene of violent clashes between police and migrants who continue to gather in their thousands in the hope of crossing illegally into Britain. While a recent security clampdown at the port and Channel Tunnel entrance has succeeded in reducing incursions, migrants continue to arrive in Calais and the numbers living in the infamous makeshift ‘jungle’ camp have swollen significantly. As winter approaches, the authorities are attempting to disperse the migrants, some to holding centres, others into temporary accommodation, while actively inciting them to apply for asylum in France. Carine Fouteau reports.

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For the French authorities, the problem of what to do with the estimated 6,000 migrants living in Calais in one of Europe’s biggest shanty towns, and who largely have no intention of settling in France, has become acute since the recent security lockdown at the port and Channel Tunnel entrance has seen clandestine crossings to Britain virtually cease.