Migrant killed on road near French port of Calais

AFP

© AFP/File | Up to 600 migrants are currently in the Calais area, according to migrant charities
LILLE (FRANCE) (AFP) – A migrant was killed when he was hit by a car near the northern French port of Calais, in the latest fatality linked to the three-year-old cross-Channel migrant crisis, authorities said Friday.A spokesman for the local authorities in Pas-de-Calais said the man “probably jumped out of a moving van and was hit by a vehicle” on the motorway on Thursday.

His nationality has not yet been established.

It is the second death of a migrant this year near the port, a springboard for migrants trying to reach Britain by stowing away on lorries.

An Ethiopian man in his twenties was killed in January.

In June, the driver of a Polish-registered van died when his vehicle encountered a roadblock set up by migrants, slammed into a truck and burst into flames.

Although the deaths continue, they have dropped sharply since French authorities closed the sprawling migrant camp known as the “Jungle” near the port last October.

A total of 33 migrants died in the Calais area in 2015 and 2016, mostly after being hit by vehicles as they tried to climb into lorries, or by trains about to pass through the Channel Tunnel.

Up to 600 migrants are currently in the Calais area, according to migrant charities.

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One Response to “Migrant killed on road near French port of Calais”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

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