A FRENCH government official has released the news that there are now approximately 6,000 people living rough around the outskirts of Calais which is double the number during the summer.
This announcement was made in order to warn other migrants and refugees to keep away from the Pas-de-Calais area especially as more security has been put into place which has resulted in fewer people making their way to Britain.
In an interview with Reuters news agency the official said “When I started this job early this year they said it took on average three months to get to the UK, now, we see that some have been here for eight months and some are not even trying to go across anymore – some are settling here.”
There were reports earlier in the week that two migrants were killed trying to get to Britain and this brings the figure since June alone to 16 fatalities. Matters have the potential to get worse as more and more people enter the EU via eastern Europe and Greece.
Many refugees appear to have also decided to stay in Paris, in the hope of a better life but still exist in makeshift camps on the streets.