Scott Mc Kiernan Presents zReportage.com Story of the Week #818:TUESDAY December 14, 2021: ‘CALAIS JUNGLE REBORN’ by Le Pictorium photographer Michael Bunel who has spent 10 years covering the migrant crisis in Europe.
zReportage.com Story of the Week #818: TUESDAY December 14, 2021: ‘CALAIS JUNGLE REBORN’ by Le Pictorium photographer Michael Bunel who has spent 10 years covering the migrant crisis in Europe: The huge refugee camp in Calais known as the ‘Jungle’ became notorious in 2015, as 1 million people fled war and danger to come to Europe. Yet 5 years after it was demolished up to 2,000 migrants are still waiting in makeshift camps, at the centre of a political storm. Migrant boat crossings from France to the United Kingdom’s English coast are at record levels as both countries struggle to handle the flow of migrants in the area. The French authorities have regularly cleared migrant camps near Calais, offering migrants the opportunity to move to a shelter and file asylum requests in France. But many migrants prefer to continue their journeys to Britain. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 47,000 attempts to cross the Channel and 7,800 migrants had been saved from shipwrecks, according to French officials. On November 24 a boat capsized leaving 27 migrants dead. Everybody knows the risks. Even after News of the recent deaths has reached camp, many still plan to pay people smugglers huge amounts to cross the channel in hope of a better life. Welcome to ‘CALAIS JUNGLE REBORN’
Scott Mc Kiernan, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, ZUMA Press