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Migrant evictions ‘fuelling desperate bids to reach UK’

‘Cruel policy’: Volunteer in Calais camp. Evictions are ‘at highest level for years’ PICTURES: PA

‘CRUEL’ evictions of migrants from camps in Calais are at their highest intensity for years and have triggered an increase in attempts to cross the English Channel, aid workers say.

In one incident, more than 500 migrants were put on to buses and moved away ahead of a visit by home secretary Priti Patel earlier this month.

Clare Moseley, of the Care4Calais charity, said conditions in the northern French city are at their worst since the Jungle camp was cleared in 2016. She criticised ‘cruel and counterproductive’ police tactics — including the use of tear gas — in the forced evictions.

Comfort: Migrant with aid worker. Police have used tear gas to clear camps

‘This policy succeeds only in increasing the numbers of people desperate enough to attempt to cross the Channel,’ Ms Moseley added, saying Ms Patel and the French authorities had failed to protect refugees.

But Calais MP Pierre-Henri Dumont insisted the surge in crossings — often attempted in small dinghies — is down to ‘British law and way of life’. More than 3,100 migrants have made it across the Channel to the UK this year.