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The French town is the site of a makeshift camp called “the Jungle.”

 Thousands of migrants are living in a makeshift shanty village in the northern French port town of Calais known as “the Jungle.” Night after night hundreds journey from the Jungle toward the nearby Channel Tunnel. The tunnel is a direct route to England, where migrants believe they can have a better life. Many are arrested, and some have died — just how many make it across successfully is unknown.

Many migrants are from war-torn countries, like Libya and Syria, and their numbers in Calais have peaked in recent weeks as efforts to reach safety have become increasingly desperate. Although Calais has been a site of unauthorized migrant camps for more than 15 years, the governments in France and the U.K. are coming under mounting pressure from policymakers and the public to stem the flow of migration.

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Migrants walk on a road outside the Eurotunnel area, in Calais, northern France, Wednesday, July 29, 2015.
French port town of Calais

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