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Migrant crisis intensifies near channel tunnel

8:33am BST - 01:17

Migrants have started forcing their way through the Eurotunnel from France to the U.K. Julie Noce reports.

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Police in northern France usher migrants from the Middle East and Africa away from a Eurotunnel entrance and back to their camps for the night. They are amongst the hundreds who make daily attempts at crossing into the Britain from France in search of a better life. The influx of migrants attempting the dangerous journey has increased in recent months. International Organization for Migration officials say around 150,000 migrants have reached Europe this year alone. During the day, men can be seen opening the back doors of semi-trucks that are lined up to board shuttle trains that carry them across the channel into the U.K. Freight and passenger traffic through the rail tunnel has been severely disrupted as a result. Sometimes the migrants are successful. Other times, they aren't. A Sudanese man died on Wednesday, likely hit by a truck as it left the shuttle train. Media say he was the ninth person to be killed in the past two months. Eurotunnel has requested extra funding from French and British governments for increased security in the area. France said it was sending 120 more police officers to the site in Calais, while Britain said it was pressing ahead with erecting a nine-foot (three-meter) fence to protect the Eurotunnel terminal.

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Migrant crisis intensifies near channel tunnel

8:33am BST - 01:17