The harbour town of Calais, in northern France, is the main access point for illegal travel routes headed to the United Kingdom. Thousands of migrants live here, in informal camps which they themselves have dubbed “the jungle”. Their objective is to stow away inside trucks and cross the English Channel. The United Kingdom is now building a large wall on French territory to stop this flow.
The majority of Calais residents come from Afghanistan and Sudan.
According to the Refugee Rights organisation, almost one in every two women in the Calais camp has been subjected to forms of violence.
Have suffered from violence (total)
Have suffered from violence (women)
Have suffered violence at the hands of the police
A total of 865 minors are living in the Calais camp, 78 percent of which are unaccompanied.
Sources: Refugee Rights, Help Refugees