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    This aerial view taken on August 16, 2016, in Calais, northern France shows tents and people walking in the jungle camp where over 9000 migrants live according to different NGOs

    More Than Half of French Citizens Oppose Migrants, Refugees' Intake

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    Accommodation of migrants and refugees in France in accordance with EU intake quota is not welcomed by 57 percent of the country's citizens, a poll conducted by Elabe research organization upon the request of BFMTV broadcaster revealed on Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to the survey, the ratio of opponents to migration dropped from 56 to 47 percent in September 2015 after media circulated the image of the 3-year-old Syrian boy's body lying face down in the sand after the shipwreck, however anti-migration sentiments grew stronger again later in the year.

    The poll showed, that almost eight respondents out of ten support the government's plan to dismantle the Calais camp sheltering undocumented migrants and refugees.

    The camp, also known as "The Jungle" is notorious for its squalid conditions, the numerous attempts of its inhabitants to break into the Channel Tunnel in a desperate bid to reach the United Kingdom and multiple police raids.

    French media reported earlier in September that the government planned to provide 12,000 migrants living in provisional camps with shelter. The migrants would disperse across France from current makeshift camps in Paris and Calais.

    Europe has been beset by a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their crisis-torn countries of origin in the Middle East and North Africa to escape violence and poverty. The majority of them cross the Mediterranean Sea and arrive in the European Union using southern EU nations as transit points.

    Last summer, the European Union signed an agreement on refugees resettlement, which seek to diminish the pressure on frontline states. The EU's member states will share around 160,000 refugees, with France due to admit about 30,000 refugees.

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