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‘We thank your government for our full pockets’ – Calais smugglers speak

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“Sorry, my battery’s low because I drained it watching YouTube tutorials on how to assemble dinghies,” Abuzar says. He is speaking on a video call from the abandoned shed in Calais he calls home. “I want to join my br...

Life, death and limbo in the Calais ‘Jungle’ – five years after its demolition

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A small group of Ethiopian and Eritrean men stand shoeless and shivering in Calais. A few hours earlier, they almost drowned in the Channel, trying to cross to the UK. They got into difficulty when the motor on their ...

‘He’s missing’: anxious wait in Calais camps for news on Channel victims

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On Saturday Gharib Ahmed spent five hours outside the police station in Calais, desperately waiting for news. “It was so cold. There was no answer,” he said. Ahmed was seeking confirmation that his brother-in-law Twan...

Home Office to pay UK resident £5,750 for 10-hour Calais detention

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The Home Office has agreed to pay nearly £6,000 in a settlement to an EU citizen it detained at the border in a post-Brexit crack down on Europeans entering the country last year. Miro Matos, a Slovakian who has lived...

A world-leading visa system? Tell that to Ukrainian refugees who can’t get past Calais

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One of the things people often say when they see a colourised photo from the past is how vividly it brings history to life. The type of historical images we are more accustomed – and perhaps more inured – to seeing in...

Anger and exhaustion as Ukrainians turned away by UK in Calais

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Krzysztof Mikucki was so enraged by the treatment of his Ukrainian family by UK Border Force staff in Calais at 1am on Wednesday that he struggled to find words to articulate his fury. “They treated us worse than the ...