Despite repeated attempts to remove the "refugee" camp "The Jungle" in Calais, it has received 53% more residents since June. Authorities called the growth "spectacular," according to France 24.
The official number of residents of the makeshift camp is 6901, according to AFP.
Most camp residents consider "The Jungle" as a springboard to get to the UK - either by boat (see bottom video) or hidden in trucks and trains through the Channel Tunnel.
Calais' mayor Natacha Bouchart recently told a British delegation that a total of 9,000 refugees and migrants are living in various camps along the coast, and that up to 100 new migrants arrive every day, writes The Times.
The missing presence of police officers in the area, is among other a result of the recently held European Football Championships in France.
That translates into lawlessness, according to the newspaper; Bouchart says attacks on trucks are increasing, organized by traffickers and extremist leftist.
- They use iron bars, baseball bats and teargas. They burn mattresses or logs on the road to stop traffic, says the mayor.
The French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve ordered the southern part of the camp demolished in March, but the refugees and migrants has just moved to the north side.
And if you still wonder what kind of people who are in this camp, with the words of Stephane Duval, President of La Vie Active:
- We saw scenes of war:
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