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EU funding new camp for Calais immigrants

By James Tapsfield

Published 01/09/2015

The EU has handed France £3.6m to build a better camp for migrants attempting to cross over into Britain
The EU has handed France £3.6m to build a better camp for migrants attempting to cross over into Britain

The EU has handed France £3.6m to build a better camp for migrants attempting to cross over into Britain.

The funding will help create improved facilities for around 1,500 of the estimated 5,000 people living in squalid conditions at a makeshift campsite in Calais nicknamed The Jungle.

But the move, announced by European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans during a visit to the French town, is likely to prove controversial.

It came after an extraordinary meeting of EU justice and home affairs ministers was called for two weeks' time in Brussels to discuss migration.

Luxembourg, which currently holds the rotating presidency of the EU Council, said the problem had recently reached "unprecedented proportions".

Greece, Italy and other border countries are struggling to cope with record numbers of new arrivals, many seeking refuge from the conflict in Syria.

A surge in the number of refugees over the summer took the year's total to beyond 340,000.

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