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    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)

    Police in France's port of Calais have reopened the port after migrants entered its territory and boarded one of the ferries at the port, and arrested 24 migrants and 11 of their supporters over the riot, local media reported Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Saturday, up to 2,000 people, including migrants, protested in Calais over migrants' conditions. Later, some 150 migrants entered the port's territory after a demonstration in support of refugees, while 50 of them boarded the ferry named Spirit of Britain.

    ​The eleven arrested rights advocates, who may include the British nationals, are believed to be from the No Borders activist group, The Telegraph reported. The activists were accused by police of encouraging migrants to storm the ferry.

    Europe has seen a massive influx of migrants this year, as people flee conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

    Tens of thousands of migrants have been trying to cross into the United Kingdom via the Channel Tunnel between Folkestone in Britain and Coquelles in Calais, northern France.

    The EU border agency Frontex detected over 1.8 million illegal border crossings in 2015, in contrast to some 283,000 in 2014.

    Major Migrant Crisis in Europe (1819)


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