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May agrees to extra £44.5M for Calais before Macron summit

Jan 18, 2018 - 4:37 PM

British and French leaders also aim to deepen cooperation in tackling terrorism at the meeting, as Britain tries to strengthen ties before leaving the European Union next year

In this file photo, migrants, carrying their luggage, walk past a Calais city limit sign as they head towards an official meeting point set by French authorities as part of the full evacuation of the Calais 'Jungle' camp, in Calais, northern France, on October 24, 2016.  Francois Lo Presti/AFP

Last 'Jungle' children moved to shelters around France

Nov 03, 2016 - 8:35 AM

French authorities have said that Britain which has taken around 300 child refugees from Calais since mid October and promised to take more will continue to review applications from minors seeking to be transferred there

OUT OF THE 'JUNGLE' Unaccompanied migrant minors, from the recently-demolished 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, arrive to a reception centre in Cerdon, near Orleans, central France, on November 2, 2016. Guillaume Souvant/AFP

France to move migrant youths from razed 'Jungle' camp

Nov 02, 2016 - 7:20 AM

The minors have been awaiting news of their transfer to Britain or alternative housing in France with their fate a source of enduring tension between London and Paris

A migrant walks in the 'Jungle' migrant camp, in Calais, northern France, on November 1, 2016, a day after a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement where 6,000-8,000 people have been living in dire conditions. Philippe Huguen/AFP

France clears Calais camp as concern mounts in Paris

Nov 01, 2016 - 9:49 AM

While the Calais camp is now demolished and thousands have been sent to lodgings elsewhere the fate of the unaccompanied minors housed in containers near the site remains unresolved

Workers watch as a crane destroys a caravan, once used as a makeshift shelter, at the site of the 'Jungle' migrant camp, on October 31, 2016 in Calais, northern France, as a massive operation to clear the settlement nears completion. Philippe Huguen/AFP

France urges Britain to take in 1,500 'Jungle' minors

Oct 30, 2016 - 7:18 AM

French President Francois Hollande says France would not accept the emergence of any more makeshift camps

REFUGEES. Migrant children are taught at a makeshift school in the "Jungle" camp in the port town of Calais, northern France, on February 16, 2016. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN

Children left in Calais Jungle as demolition gathers pace

Oct 27, 2016 - 5:05 PM

Excavators begin tearing down remaining shelters a day after the official operation to clear the camp came to a dramatic end with fires started by departing migrants ripping through the shanty town

THE FATE OF CALAIS. A migrant stands in the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 27, 2016, during a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement where 6,000-8,000 people have been living in dire conditions. Photo by Philippe Huguen/ AFP

'Jungle' migrant camp ablaze as demolition ramps up

Oct 26, 2016 - 4:04 PM

3rd UPDATE Around half of the camp s estimated population of 6 000 to 8 000 migrants have been transferred out since Monday October 24

Smoke rises over makeshift shelters during the full evacuation of the 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 26, 2016. Philippe Huguen/AFP

France begins demolition of 'Jungle' migrant camp

Oct 25, 2016 - 8:39 AM

4th UPDATE The demolition work comes on the second day of a massive operation to clear the squalid settlement in northern France

LEAVING CALAIS. Migrants, carrying their luggage, walk past a Calais city limit sign as they head towards an official meeting point set by French authorities as part of the full evacuation of the Calais 'Jungle' camp, in Calais, northern France, on October 24, 2016. Francois Lo Presti/AFP

D-Day for Calais 'Jungle' camp clearance

Oct 24, 2016 - 1:09 PM

UPDATED The closure of the squalid camp is aimed at relieving tensions in the Calais area where clashes between police and migrants trying to climb onto trucks heading to Britain are an almost nightly occurrence

GONE SOON. Migrants gather near police vehicles at the 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais, northern France, on October 23, 2016 on the eve of the camp's planned evacuation. Denis Charlet/AFP

France says Britain has 'moral duty' on Calais migrant children

Oct 11, 2016 - 9:26 AM

Britain has a moral duty to let hundreds of migrant children join their relatives across the Channel France says days before the notorious Jungle camp in Calais is due to be bulldozed

In this photo, migrant children are taught at a makeshift school in the 'Jungle' camp in the port town of Calais, northern France, on February 16, 2016. Philippe Huguen/AFP

Calais camp must be dismantled – France's Hollande

Sep 26, 2016 - 3:48 PM

Hollande on his first visit to Calais as president also called on Britain to play its part in resolving the migrant crisis

In this file photo, migrants from the 'Jungle' migrant camp who have been denied access to a bus heading to a 'Welcome and orientation centre' (CAO) are pictured, on September 13, 2016 in Calais. Philippe Huguen/AFP/File

Britain to start building anti-migrant wall in Calais

Sep 07, 2016 - 10:19 PM

The wall which is expected to cost 2 7 million euros 3 0 million will be the latest barrier to go up around Europe as the continent struggles with its biggest migrant influx in decades

In this file photo, migrants stand near the A16 motorway near the site of the Eurotunnel in Coquelles, near Calais, northern France on January 21, 2016. Philippe Huguen/AFP

15-hour mega jam in UK as France ups border checks

Jul 25, 2016 - 2:50 AM

Road operator Highways England says the delays are due to heightened security checks in the wake of terror attacks

Lines of traffic queue to enter the port of Dover on the south coast of England on July 24, 2016. British officials were drafted in to help French border police on Sunday after 15-hour queues built up at the port of Dover due to heightened entry checks. The local Kent Police force said there was a 12-mile tailback, which it put down to a "vast volume of holiday traffic". / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS

Dignity only in death for migrants at France's Calais 'Jungle'

May 21, 2016 - 8:42 PM

They fled hardship and war only to find misery and squalor but migrants who meet a gruesome end in northern France hoping to reach England are finally getting a touch of dignity in death

THE JUNGLE. Migrants chat outside their tents in the "Jungle", the biggest makeshift camp to spring up along the northern French coast, in the port town of Calais, on March 30, 2016. Photo by Philippe Huguen / AFP

Tusk tells economic migrants: 'Do not come to Europe'

Mar 03, 2016 - 8:28 PM

EU President Donald Tusk also lashes out at unilateral actions by EU members as the bloc grapples with the migrant crisis

President of the European Council Donald Tusk speaks to journalists prior to visiting a Migrants Reception Centre in Dobova, Slovenia, on March 2, 2016. After visiting Austria and Slovenia on March 1 and 2, Croatia and Macedonia on March 2, Tusk was expected in Athens and then Ankara on March 3, to meet Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. Tusk said on March 1, 2016 he would press Turkey this week for more "intensive" help in the migrant crisis, while urging EU states to coordinate better to restore trust. / AFP / Jure Makovec/AFP

EU unveils 700M-euro migrant aid plan for Greece

Mar 02, 2016 - 10:47 PM

UPDATED The funds would be allocated over 3 years under the plan which must be approved by a majority of member states and the European Parliament

epa05190538 Refugees wait to take the permission to pass the Greek-FYROM borders at the refugee camp in Idomeni, northern Greece, 02 March 2016. The refugees camp of Idomeni, at the borders between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), changes shape almost every hour of the day. Less than an hour a ship docks at the port, or a train arrives at the station of Thessalonica, more people flow to every available space in the fields near the frontier where more than 10,000 people have arrived and only 300 of them managed to pass the borders on 02 March. EPA/SIMELA PANTZARTZI

Calm in the 'Jungle' ahead of fresh bid to raze migrant camp

Mar 01, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Workers are set to resume destroying shanties after violence broke out on the first day of the demolition

Policemen stand next to agents dismantling shacks as two migrants stand on a shelter's roof on March 1, 2016 in the "Jungle" migrant camp in the French northern port city of Calais. Workers were due to start a second day of destruction in the southern half of the camp, where thousands of migrants and refugees have been living while they try to reach Britain.. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP / PHILIPPE HUGUEN

France criticizes 'strange' Belgium border checks

Feb 25, 2016 - 6:50 PM

Belgium takes action to monitor its border as France is expected to demolish a refugee camp

epa05162416 Migrants warm their hands with fire aside of the tents and huts of the makeshift camp called 'The Jungle' next to the fenced area made of containers recycled in rooms in Calais, France, 15 February 2016. A new deadline was set by the French administration for the removal of migrant settlements in a week's time, as authorities plan to create a no-man zone in order to better spot migrants trying to access trucks and reach Britain. Between 4,000 and 7,000 migrants currently live in 'The Jungle'. EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

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French police fire tear gas at refugees in Channel Tunnel

Dec 18, 2015 - 5:33 AM

Some 4 500 people fleeing war and poverty in Asia the Middle East and Africa live in notoriously squalid conditions in a makeshift camp in Calais known as the Jungle

ESCAPE. A migrant or refugee enters the trailer of a truck after having cut the tarpaulin roof on December 17, 2015 on the site of the Eurotunnel in Calais. Photo by Philippe Huegen/AFP

Calais migrant killed on motorway close to Channel Tunnel

Oct 15, 2015 - 3:36 PM

An ambulance crew who brought the man to hospital says he was hit by a car on the A16 motorway at Calais close to the heavily guarded Eurotunnel site

CHANNEL TUNNEL. A file picture dated 29 July 2015 shows a general view of the Eurotunnel train tracks at the entrance of the Channel Tunnel in Coquelles, near Calais, France. File Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA

Channel Tunnel traffic resumes after migrant intrusion – Eurotunnel

Oct 03, 2015 - 1:43 PM

UPDATED Ten people including 7 migrants suffer minor injuries in the storming of the tunnel a firefighter at the scene says

CHANNEL TUNNEL. Police officers and gendarmes stand guard during the eviction of migrants from a camp site in Calais, northern France, on September 21, 2015. Photo by Philippe Huguen/AFP

Britain, France say ending Calais migrant crisis is 'top priority'

Aug 02, 2015 - 8:21 AM

At least 10 migrants have died attempting to use an undersea tunnel from Calais to trains or lorries headed for Britain

CONFRONTATION. French gendarmes face migrants on the Eurotunnel site near the boarding docks in Coquelles near Calais, northern France, on late July 29, 2015. Philippe Huguen/AFP

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May 23, 2015 - 10:12 AM

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