Calais- Welcome to the jungle
Those choosing the United Kingdom as destination, face the channel as a natural border between the UK and France. Figuring their best chance to cross by ferry is to jump on a truck going to the UK, they concentrate in Calais and Dunkerque. So far migrants have lived there by squatting squares and abandoned structures.
In early March, Calais’ chief of police informed the migrants to leave these encampments by beginning of April and move to a former landfill at the city border. Besides having been a landfill, the designated area is right next to the highway, a chemical factory and the harbour. This is what life is like in the new shanty town or jungle of Calais.
As long as France and the EU will not implement a better migration policy, these conditions will continue to be a part of the European migrant crisis. It is highly likely that these conditions will deteriorate as the shanty town grows with approximately 50 new inhabitants every day, exhausting the already inadequate infrastructure.
According to reports, the French Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve visited the Jules Ferry Centre recently claiming that “Too many migrants who could benefit from asylum in France are still hesitating because they think that they would be better off in England. (…) We have to make them understand that claiming asylum in France is their best hope.”
It is unclear if these conditions are meant to be the best hope.
Note: Pictures are from the beginning of April, information last updated mid May.