- Title: In Calais, migrants dream of 'peaceful life' as UK tightens crossings rules
- Date: 17th September 2021
- Summary: AMBLETEUSE, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 17, 2021) (REUTERS) (NIGHT SHOTS) LIGHT SHINING FROM POLICE FLASHLIGHT ONTO BEACH AND DUNES DURING PATROLS TO PREVENT MIGRANTS CROSSINGS TO BRITAIN POLICE HOLDING FLASHLIGHTS WALKING DOWN DUNES POLICE PATROLLING ON BEACH VIEW OF BUILDINGS ON COAST, POLICE FLASHLIGH IN DISTANCE POLICE PATROLLING ON BEACH BUILDINGS CALAIS, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 16, 2021) (REUTERS) MIGRANTS GATHERED AT CAMP MIGRANTS' LEGS AND FEET MIGRANTS SEATED ON SIDEWALK BY ROUNDABOUT AFGHAN MIGRANT, ABDULRAHMAN RAHMANI, SEATED ON GROUND WITH FRIEND AFGHAN MIGRANT POURING WATER INTO EMPTY YOGURT CUP, DRINKING RAHMANI (SOUNDBITE) (English) 17-YEAR-OLD AFGHAN MIGRANT, ABDULRAHMAN RAHMANI, SAYING: "I come from war, from Afghanistan, you know, now you understand how all of country is Taliban. They don't may (allow) us to learn, they don't may us to work, they don't may us to learn not for guys, not for girls. Everything is problem in Afghanistan now and in the past, too. We come here because of war and want to have a good life, to relax my life and my future." ASHES FROM BONFIRE / TENTS AT CAMP VARIOUS OF TENTS AT CAMP MIGRANTS GATHERED UNDER TARPAULIN TENTS IN SCRUBLAND (SOUNDBITE) (English) 17-YEAR-OLD AFGHAN MIGRANT, ABDULRAHMAN RAHMANI, SAYING: "In the Calais, it's a lot of problem because I don't have place to sleep. When raining, we can't sleep and we go to a place, just stand up or sit to finish the raining. This problem, when I make a tent, police come and take our tent and say to me, 'Go (away) from here, don't live here, there's no place (for you) to live here." We can do nothing, we should live here to (make) my goals (come true)." VARIOUS OF MIGRANT GIVING ANOTHER MIGRANT HAIRCUT AT CAMP (SOUNDBITE) (English) 17-YEAR-OLD AFGHAN MIGRANT, ABDULRAHMAN RAHMANI, SAYING: "I want to go (to Britain), and there, I want to work, I want to have a good life, I want to relax my mind - no war, just I live in a peaceful life." AMBLETEUSE, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 17, 2021) (REUTERS) POLICE PATROLLING BEACH AT DAWN REMAINS OF DINGHY ON BEACH VARIOUS OF POLICE CONDUCTING CHECKS ON BEACH MOSS ON ROCKS ON BEACH POLICE WALKING ON BEACH CALAIS, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 16, 2021) (REUTERS) MIGRANTS GATHERED AROUND CHARGING STATION MIGRANTS GATHERED AROUND SETS OF ELECTRICAL PLUGS AND CHARGING PHONES MIGRANT CHARGING PHONE PHONE CHARGERS MIGRANT ON PHONE VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS GATHERED (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 21-YEAR-OLD SYRIAN MIGRANT, FAYAD ALAHMED, SAYING: "I come from Idlib in Syria. We crossed the wall, after that, we ran a good distance, for around one or two hours. We went to a place where a car was waiting for us to get us through the (Turkish) border." MIGRANTS LINING UP, SOME RUNNING, FOR FOOD DISTRIBUTION VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS LINED UP DURING FOOD DISTRIBUTION VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS FILLING UP JUGS WITH WATER AT REFILL STATION (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) 21-YEAR-OLD SYRIAN MIGRANT, FAYAD ALAHMED, SAYING: "Sometimes I see people that have been here for a long time and they're struggling. But by god's will, I'll return." MIGRANT SEATED, EATING APPLE MIGRANTS' FEET VARIOUS OF MIGRANTS SEATED ON GROUND MIGRANTS WALKING
- Embargoed: 1st October 2021 12:31
- Keywords: Calais English Channel France Slack dunes crossings dinghy migrants patrols police
- Location: AMBLETEUSE AND CALAIS, FRANCE
- City: AMBLETEUSE AND CALAIS, FRANCE
- Country: France
- Topics: Europe,Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001EV3XP3B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Glaring flashlights beamed through the beaches of Ambleteuse, near Calais, on Friday (September 17) as police scoured through sand dunes in an effort to spot migrants seeking to cross the English Channel aboard dinghies.
While French police are preventing more crossings than in previous years, they have only partially stemmed the flow. The shore is too long, the migrants too numerous, and the smugglers too successful at evading security.
The numbers landing on the southern English coast near Dover - estimated at around 13,000 so far in 2021 - has infuriated British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government, which accuses Paris of inaction.
Last week, Johnson's conservative government approved plans to turn around migrant dinghies mid-Channel.
But migrants gathered in Calais remain undeterred to make the perilous journey. Hundreds of them have set up a makeshift camp near the city's hospital.
Afghan migrant Abdulrahman Rahmani, 17, arrived in Calais in recent weeks. He said he feared for his future in Afghanistan as the Taliban took control of the country.
"We come here because of war and want to have a good life," Rahmani told Reuters. "I want to go (to Britain), and there, I want to work, I want to have a good life, I want to relax my mind - no war, just I live in a peaceful life."
Onsite, rubbish rest littered around tents, as charitable organisations conducted distributions of food and basic supplies, vaguely reminiscent of the Calais "Jungle" dismantled by French authorities in 2016.
Life is harsh there, Rahmani said, as police regularly take away tents, sometimes leaving them sleeping in the rain, possibly in an effort to prevent the formation a new "Jungle."
Some migrants bonded over haircuts, while others huddled around an electricity station, powered by whirring generators and set up by charities, to charge their mobile phones.
Syrian migrant Fayad Alahmed arrived this week in Calais. He had to travel through Turkey and across borders, by car and by foot, to reach France.
Alahmed said he is determined to set foot in Britain and resume his studies in the medical field.
The International Organization for Migration says 40,830 migrants have landed by sea in Italy this year as of Sept. 2, and nearly 21,000 in Spain.
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