Wednesday 28 September 2016

France given £3.6m EU hand-out for new Calais migrant camp

Published 01/09/2015 | 07:04

Migrants make their way along tracks near the Eurotunnel site at Coquelles in Calais
Migrants make their way along tracks near the Eurotunnel site at Coquelles in Calais

European authorities are giving France an extra five million euros (£3.6m) to aid migrants who have clustered in a camp in Calais in the hope of sneaking across the English Channel to Britain.

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European Commission vice president Frans Timmermans announced the funding during a visit to Calais with French and EU officials.

He said it is aimed at creating a new camp to offer aid to 1,500 migrants. A few thousand migrants from Sudan, Eritrea and elsewhere are living in unsanitary makeshift conditions at the camp.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Europe's migrant problem cannot be solved with "barbed wire" alone, and urged more help for migrants with legitimate asylum claims. However, he insisted that economic migrants must be sent home.

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