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Migrants in Calais

FRANCE 2009 In september 2009, when French authorities sent riot police to raze « the Jungle, » a makeshift camp near Calais, they made sure plenty of international media were on hand. By closing the camp and dispersing its population of clandestine aliens who were awaiting a chance to sneak across the Channel to Britain, the authorities aimed to provide clear proof of France’s determination to battle illegal immigration. But less than three months later — with TV cameras gone — humanitarian workers are struggling to deal with problems that have actually been exacerbated by the raid.

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