Yahay from Sudan- one of immigrants trying to leave Calais
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Refugees and Calais deputy mayor on new Sangatte camps

The French shut down a refugee camp at Sangatte 12 years ago, when it housed 1,200 people from some of the world's poorest countries who had been trying to get to the UK across the English Channel.

Now the mayor of Calais wants to take action, as refugees have started arriving and building makeshift camps again.

Some have been pulled down by the authorities but more homeless people keep arriving.

Today reporter Tom Bateman spoke with migrants from Africa, and the deputy mayor of the town on the French coast about plans for an official reception centre, if there is help from the UK and EU.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 27 August.

  • 27 Aug 2014
  • From the section Europe
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