The number of residents in the Calais ‘Jungle’ camp has increased to a record 6,901, the maximum since its formation in April 2015, the prefecture of Pas-de- Calais announced, citing a “precise and exhaustive” census carried out by border law enforcement officials.
The new “precise and exhaustive” assessment shows a staggering increase of 53 percent in migrant numbers in just two months. The last count, conducted on June 13, showed a figure of some 4,480 people.
The asylum seekers, who are mainly from the Middle East, Africa, and Afghanistan, have traveled to France in the hope of crossing the Channel to the UK, after having had their applications rejected elsewhere, or in expectation of better prospects in Britain than in the rest of the EU. Their numbers tend to swell in the summer when the Mediterranean Sea is warm enough and illegal crossings become more frequent.