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Mud, misery define life at the Grande-Synthe migrant camp

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The entire migrant camp in Grande-Synthe, near Dunkirk, is covered with mud
The entire migrant camp in Grande-Synthe, near Dunkirk, is covered with mud Brenna Daldorph/RFI

Cold weather has worsened conditions for the thousands of migrants and refugees who've made camp near the northern French city of Dunkirk as they wait to seek passage to the UK. RFI's Brenna Daldorph went to visit the camp and meet the people there.

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Cold weather has worsened conditions for the thousands of migrants and refugees who've made camp near the northern French city of Dunkirk as they wait to seek passage to the UK. RFI's Brenna Daldorph went to visit the camp and meet the people there.

Since 2015, many refugees and migrants have been bypassing the well-known camps in Calais and heading to a new 'jungle' in the small town of Grande-Synthe, a suburb of Dunkirk. Some refugees say they feel safer there than in Calais, but the conditions are much worse. Even in freezing weather, families have no option but to stay in tents, many of which have been flooded by winter rains. In January, there were an estimated 250 children living there.

New facilities are being built nearby by the French humanitarian organisation Médécins Sans Frontières, but the aren't ready yet. Until then, the camp's residents remain in dire conditions.

 

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