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Dire living conditions in Calais for child migrants

United Nations aid agencies are voicing concern at the number of children migrating across Europe alone. Many are from Afghanistan and their numbers are growing as the violence escalates.

The United Nations Refugee Agency says that in 2008 there were nearly four thousand asylum claims across Europe by Afghan children travelling alone or separated from their families. But a year later that figure rose to more than six thousand.

The French port of Calais is one of the many stops on the way to the UK where many of the Afghan children are headed.

UNHCR spokesman William Spindler shows the dire living conditions for those hoping to cross the English Channel.


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