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Men and women gain access to Eurotunnel tracks

The U.K. has a migrant crisis. Thousands fleeing Africa and the Middle East are trying to make their way into the U.K. via the Channel Tunnel from the French port city of Calais.

They've fled Africa and the Middle East, and now, they're trying to enter the U.K. 


UK-bound Illegal Immigrants Camp in French Port City Calais


Hundreds gather in groups along roads or railways, hoping to catch a U.K.-bound truck or train traveling in the tunnel under the English Channel.

Moment Calais migrants jumped onboard lorries - BBC News

The BBC found there were many reasons a migrant would choose the U.K. over other EU countries. (Video via YouTube / Edouard Mathieu)

Housing, work, health care or existing communities draw migrants fleeing countries as far away as Afghanistan.

But they don't always make it. One man was killed recently, crushed by a truck.

Eurotunnel, the group that operates the Channel Tunnel, says it's caught more than 37,000 migrants attempting the crossing since the beginning of the year.

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to prevent more from entering.


Migrant crisis: David Cameron ''totally focused'' on the issue in Calais - BBC News

"And that we will remove more illegal migrants from our country so people know it's not a safe haven once they get there," Cameron said on BBC.

And France has beefed up security, recently sending 120 police officers to Calais.


More police for Channel Tunnel as UK and France pledge to tackle migrant crisis

Asylum Aid, which provides legal representation for migrants, is critical of both countries' responses.


Calais migrants battle new UK security | FT World Notebook

"Caught between two of the richest and most powerful countries in the world, and they can't seem to agree on a humane solution for them. It's absolutely disgraceful," Asylum Aid spokeswoman Zoe Gardner said on BBC.

And the problem goes beyond the U.K. The U.N.'s refugee agency says more than 100,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe this year.

The Mediterranean migrant crisis, explained in under 2 minutes | Mashable


(Reports from thedenverchannel and newsy were used in this compilation)

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