Like the people who live in it, the Jungle migrant camp in northern France has a tendency to pick up and relocate. In 2002, the French authorities dismantled the first Jungle, which was located in Sangette. It soon reassembled in a different spot. When the authorities tried to shut it down again in 2009, the camp simply picked up and grew larger. Today, the Jungle has migrated to Calais, a city that sits at the mouth of the French side of the Eurotunnel. It houses 3,000 to 5,000 migrants, mostly from Afghanistan, Eritrea, and Sudan, with a growing number of Syrians. They are waiting for their chance to cross the Chunnel into the United Kingdom. Last year, hundreds stopped traffic while making the dash.
The migrants have equipped the Jungle with mosques, churches, restaurants, and even a Narcotics Anonymous for the heroin-addicted. But it never stays still for too long. France has enticed at least 1,000 out of their tents and into heated containers nearby, in exchange for their registration. And on February 2, the government sent bulldozers to the Jungle and razed a mosque and a church—allegedly to create a 330-foot security clearing around the camp. Angry, but undeterred, most of the migrants have simply pushed their tents deeper into the Jungle.