Calais crisis intensifies - in pictures

Migrants face riot police, tear gas and speeding trains in the mission to reach Britain

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The Independent Online

Newly released images from Calais display an increasingly desperate situation as migrants risk their lives to gain access to the United Kingdom.

As well as a daily effort to access the channel tunnel by climbing over barbed wire fences, taking on riot police armed with tear gas and 90mph trains; we can also see the squalid living conditions the estimated 3,500 migrants in the area are enduring.

Below images portray the daily struggles of migrants, including a look into camps and desperate clasheswith law enforcement.

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Policemen try to prevent migrants from reaching the Channel Tunnel operated by Eurotunnel in Coquelles near Calais

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Migrants who managed to pass the police block on the Eurotunnel site climb over a fence to make their way towards the boarding docks in Coquelles near Calais

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Migrants are seen near a Channel Tunnel train in Coquelles near Calais

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A migrant climbs a security fence of a Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles near Calais

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A policeman tries to stop migrants on the Eurotunnel site in Coquelles near Calais

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A policeman faces migrants trying to reach the Channel Tunnel operated by Eurotunnel in Coquelles near Calais (Image: Getty)

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A migrant climbs a security fence of a Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles near Calais

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French gendarmes block migrants along a road to prevent them access to train tracks which lead to the Channel Tunnel in Frethun, near Calais

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Migrants step over the fence as they try to catch a train to reach England, in Calais

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An Afghan flag flies above makeshift shelters at a site dubbed the "new jungle", where migrants trying to cross the Channel to reach Britain have camped out around the northern French port of Calais

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Migrants build a makeshift shelter

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Migrants build a makeshift shelter around the northern French port of Calais

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Migrants walk in a makeshift camp in Calais (Image: AP)

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A driver climbs on his truck as he waits to cross the English channel, in Calais

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Migrants walk along the roadside while a French policeman secures the area as lorries queue in Calais

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French gendarmes try to stop migrants on the Eurotunnel site in Coquelles near Calais

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French gendarmes try to stop migrants on the Eurotunnel site in Coquelles near Calais

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Migrants trying to reach the Channel Tunnel run past policemen in Coquelles near Calaisa

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A migrant climbs a security fence of a Eurotunnel terminal in Coquelles near Calais

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Migrants warm themselves with a fire as they attempt to access the Channel Tunnel, in Calais

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