Why Are We Still Calling This Migrant Camp 'The Jungle'?
Critics say the term dehumanizes the thousands of people inhabiting the camp.By Ben Schamisso | September 5, 2016
French truckers and farmers nearly shut down a main highway in Calais, France, to protest one of Europe's largest growing migrant camps — a place widely known as "the Jungle."
Protesters say the camp has caused a spike in violence on nearby roads and argue it hurts the local economy. In response, French authorities promised to demolish the camp and relocate its thousands of campers elsewhere in the country.
Those campers — about 7,000 - 10,000 people — are often from the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa. The reason they're in Calais — a town in northern France — is because they hope to one day cross the English Channel and settle in Britain.