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Migrant crisis: Is Calais the dead end on the migrant trail?

By: Patrick HERMANSEN | Tom Burges WATSON Follow | Jeanne LAVENANT | Joanna COCKERELL | Natacha MILLERET | Stéphanie CHEVAL

This week we report from the northern city of Calais, where thousands of migrants and refugees have been forced to set up camp in the past year as they flee war and poverty in their homelands. In most cases, Calais is not the final destination, but a stopover before they set out to cross the English Channel and make their way to Britain where the chances of finding work are higher. We visit “The Jungle”, one of the main camps and which currently houses an estimated 4,000 people.

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