French Police use tear gas to disperse migrants

French riot police have used tear gas on migrants who attempted to cross the Eurotunnel from Calais into Britain.

More than 200 migrants tried to cross the undersea tunnel from Calais on Sunday.

The migrants broke down several levels of fencing by the tunnel’s entrance but French riot police responded by moving them away from a motorway and spraying them with tear gas.

Thousands of migrants have tried to make it into the tunnel in recent weeks with hopes of finding a way onto a train or lorry headed for Britain. At least 10 migrants have died attempting the dangerous journey since June.

Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford, reporting from Calais where many of the migrants have been camping for months, described the conditions in the camp as “utterly atrocious”.

“When you ask them why it is so important for them to get to the UK, they all say similar things and they include this perception that immigration policy in the UK is easier than it is in Europe, it’s easier for them to find a job, they say that the wages are better and they say that they want to be part of an English-speaking culture,” our correspondent said.

“They also say that they will continue despite the risks, to try and jump some of those fences, cross that channel and start what they see as being a better life.”

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