- Camp outside town now housing as many as 6,000 migrants
- More and more new arrivals coming from Iran, Syria and Iraq
The number of migrants in the French town of Calais, where thousands are stranded in their attempt to enter the U.K., has roughly doubled in the last three weeks, according to a local representative for the government.
Calais and three surrounding communities now host between 5,500 and 6,000 migrants, compared with about 3,000 to 3,500 just weeks ago, a spokesman for the Pas de Calais prefecture said. While most of the migrants in Calais are from Sudan and Eritrea, more are arriving from Iran, Syria and Iraq, the spokesman said.
Most migrants in Calais live in a makeshift camp covering about 20 hectares (49 acres) outside the town. The U.K. and France agreed in August to set up a joint command center to stop illegal migrants trying to enter the U.K. through the Channel Tunnel by boarding trucks and trains.