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IN PICTURES: The life of migrants in Calais

Joshua Melvin · 15 Oct 2014, 16:59

Published: 15 Oct 2014 16:59 GMT+02:00

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As they wait for a chance to stow away aboard a UK-bound truck, thousands of migrants have created an improvised, but functional community in squats and makeshift camps in Calais in northern France.

Their world is devoid of most home comforts and is supported by a minimum of the essentials needed to live for an extended period of time such as food rations, jerry-rigged shelters and sources of drinking water.

The Local spent a day inside the migrants' community, seeing the ingenuity of some of the migrants and the normality that daily life has taken on for many people there, but also the brutality of their existence.

Click here for our gallery showing the life of Calais migrants

(A migrant's improvised shelter near the Port of Calais Photo: Joshua Melvin/The Local)

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SEE ALSO: Calais Migrants: 'We're not wanted in France'

SEE ALSO: Calais Migrants: A daily struggle to get to Britain

Joshua Melvin (joshua.melvin@thelocal.com)

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