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Published on : Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Calais has fallen on its back foot as far as tourism is concerned with migrant crisis on the increase residents are skeptical about the deteriorating economic conditions and overcrowding from migrants in this otherwise popular tourist destination.
The residents feel that their lives have changed dramatically since the port city became the frontline in the current refugee crisis. The entire atmosphere of this place has changed as there is fear and insecurity everywhere with Calais actually turned into a ‘Jungle camp’.
Residents, through demonstrations are trying to send their message to the French government to take immediate action to resolve the situation.
A part of the Calais “Jungle” camp was demolished by the French authorities to accommodate the over 5,000 asylum seekers where the migrants have fitted in and have turned the place into a small town with their own social life.
In February there were orders from the government to demolish the ‘Jungle’. However public facilities like the mosques, restaurants and schools were spared. These migrants are mostly from the Middle East, Africa and Afghanistan and after travelling to France they had hoped to cross the English Channel to the UK but with their applications being rejected they have started turning the tourist hub of Calais to their home making the residents angry and dejected with the lenient outlook of the government.