AP PHOTOS: The last days of France's Calais migrant camp

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Posted: Nov 01, 2016 11:17 AM
AP PHOTOS: The last days of France's Calais migrant camp

CALAIS, France (AP) — For months they lived in a squalid migrant camp in the French port city of Calais, waiting for a chance to sneak across the English Channel to Britain. They came by the thousands from Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, and built lives in the camp known as "the jungle" — shops, a church, mosques, schools.

Then French authorities, eager to deal with the blighted camp that had become a symbol of Europe's migrant crisis, announced they would clear it out. Its inhabitants would be put on buses to towns in France where they would be able to apply for asylum — though with no guarantees it would be granted.

Within a week, they were gone, along with everything they had built, the evacuation hastened by fires migrants set as they left.

Here, by AP photographers Emilio Morenatti, Thibault Camus and Matt Dunham, is a look at the last days of the Calais migrant camp.