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Calais Migrant Crisis

Omar is 16 years old and is one of the many minors who are alone in the camp of immigrants from France known as “the Jungle”, in the port of Calais, in the north of the country.

There, for more than 15 years, we have installed makeshift shelters of immigrants of different ages, who come from different countries, some of them in armed conflict.

Omar, whose name is fictitious to protect her identity, fled the war in their country, Syria, and did so with the help of people smugglers. First took a boat to Turkey and then another to Greece.

He continued his journey by train and on foot, until he came to France with a hope: to go to the Uk to be reunited with their families.

A flow difficult to stop

In 2015, the british prime minister, David Cameron, called it “unacceptable” the attempts of hundreds of immigrants of that camp to get in trucks of goods heading to the United Kingdom.

And that’s just the way it is as thousands of immigrants have come to british territory from Calais.

They have put their lives at risk to hide in the interior of vehicles, cargo , or while traveling hidden in the bottom of the truck, in some cases very close to the wheels.

Many have died in their attempt.

At the beginning of 2016, demolition teams were brought to “the Jungle” for dismantling.

  • Eviction of “The Jungle” of Calais

And despite the fact that they have taken increased security measures in place, have not been able to stop hundreds of immigrants who have come to Calais.

There is No certainty about how many are living in “the Jungle”, but according to aid organizations, the figure rises to over 5,000 people, some hundreds of them are children and adolescents.


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