The French company Getlink, which manages the Channel Tunnel between the United Kingdom and France, is installing new barriers along the A16 motorway near Calais to stop migrants breaking into lorries.
Work on building the new barriers began earlier this week on the motorway near the commune of Coquelles in the outskirts of Calais and have been planned since at least January, when Getlink announced it would be erecting barriers similar to those already established.
“We want to prevent any accident, any drama, by preventing migrants from getting into the trucks. We want to protect them but also the truck drivers,” Getlink told French media, the EU-funded website InfoMigrants reports.
The local government in Coquelles has also praised the building of the new barriers, with the director-general of the services of Coquelles, Olivier Defaschelles stating, “It was important to bring a physical obstacle, to prohibit the passage of migrants