Migrants dodge French police, try to enter Britain
5:10am EDT - 01:21
French police at the port city of Calais struggle to stop illegal migrants from going to Britain, who sneak into trucks bound for the ferries. Yiming Woo reports.
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It's a cat and mouse game between migrants trying to enter Britain, and the French police who want to stop them.
Authorities estimate hundreds are fleeing conflicts in Africa and the Middle East and heading to the UK, where they believe they're more likely to find work.
The port of Calais in the north of France is a popular spot, because of the trucks bound for the ferries.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) LORRY DRIVER, STUART STAMFORD, SAYING:
"All the time, all the time. I see them walking down the hard shoulder all the time. They're obviously very desperate but it doesn't help us when they're damaging our vehicles trying to get into the country."
The two countries have agreed to improve border controls -- the UK has offered fencing to keep out the migrants.
But French police representative Gilles Debove is skeptical.
(SOUNDBITE) (French) CALAIS POLICE UNION REPRESENTATIVE, GILLES DEBOVE, SAYING:
"We've really got the feeling that once again Great Britain is buying its own security. The barriers are meant to be set up, I'd like to wait and see if that will really work, it might work over the first 2 kilometres but today it's jammed over 3 or 4 kilometres, up to the motorway. Do we need more grills up? I wonder if you actually need to put grills up all round Calais to solve the problem."
Britain and France announced in September that the port layout will be changed to make it easier to control.
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