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Three Calais migrants suffer electric shock burns in Channel tunnel

High-speed Eurostar train exits the Channel tunnel near Calais, 5 May 2014.
High-speed Eurostar train exits the Channel tunnel near Calais, 5 May 2014. Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

Three migrants experienced burns from electric shocks while attempting to enter the Channel Tunnel entrance near Calais on Monday. Originally from Afghanistan and Pakistan, the three migrants hoped to sneak onto a train overnight in a town outside of Calais.

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Thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East have set up camp in the port city of Calais with the ultimate goal of crossing the Channel into Britain.

Over the past few weeks two migrants died trying to board a train.

Although deaths in the tunnel are rare, they highlight a tactic open to some of the thousands of migrants seeking to travel into Britain illegally.

Migrants often sneak onto ferries and some have attempted to climb into vehicles stuck in traffic during ferry strikes over the past months.

Some even try to swim across the Channel.

The migrant issue has heightened tensions between London and Paris.

Britain's Immigration Minister James Brokenshire has announced new provisions to detect and deter migrants from sneaking onto lorries bound for Britain.

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