Northern France has been attracting refugees and migrants trying to reach the UK since the 2000s. Activists warn that women and girls especially face dangers, such as sex trafficking, rape, and other forms of gender violence.
Refugee Rights Europe says refugees and migrants in northern French city are at risk of imprisonment, deportation, and even death.
Four refugees are in critical condition after being shot during a brawl between Eritrean and Afghan refugees in the northern French port city of Calais on Thursday.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May promises to pay $62 million for fences, security cameras and other measures in the coastal town of Calais and British ports overlooking the English channel.
French President Macron addresses alleged police brutality against migrants in the northern port city of Calais, saying punitive action will be taken against the police for abuse.
The mysterious death of detained 23-year-old Albanian asylum seeker, Florenc Beqiraj, has triggered outrage in his home country, and highlights the precarious lives of many migrants.
Around 500 migrants are still living in Calais compared to 8,000 a year ago.
A Human Rights Watch report says French police routinely abuse migrants by using pepper spray on sleeping child and adult migrants, confiscating sleeping bags and clothing and destroying food and water.
New centres offer an alternative after French authorities have destroyed ad-hoc refugee camps in a policy that is supposed to be aimed at discouraging the arrival of more people displaced by war. Yet many refugees are still living like ghosts.
The shelter can facilitate 400 people at a time for five to 10 days during which they will undergo psychological evaluation and can apply for asylum.
Tensions rose this week between the two countries over who will take care of the young refugees after bulldozers demolished the Calais camp.
Hundreds of tents have been pitched by refugees along the streets of Paris after the Calais camp was demolished earlier this week.
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