Police plan to dismantle makeshift migrant camps in Calais

One of the improvised migrant camps in Calais.
One of the improvised migrant camps in Calais. Credit: ITV News/Neil Connery

By Neil Connery: ITV News Correspondent

Police in Calais are planning to dismantle a series of improvised migrant camps housing more than 800 migrants.

The port attracts scores of migrants hoping to smuggle themselves across the Channel to the UK.

But just next to the main ferry port, squalid makeshift camps are now home to those who are prepared to risk everything to try to reach Britain.

Last Friday, an 18-year-old Sudanese man was crushed to death by a British bus he was trying to hide aboard to get to the UK.

At least seven migrants have been killed in similar circumstances already this year.

One Bangladeshi man, who asked not to be named, told ITV News, "It's worth taking these risks even if I lose my life because every moment I am stuck here I am also losing my life."

Dr. Jean-Francois Corty from the charity Medecins du Monde, one of the organisations which provides assistance, said: "This is a failure of France and the European Community. We are very concerned about the situation here. The French authorities must do more."

The French authorities say they plan to clear the camps in the coming days because of an outbreak of scabies.