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Migrant Crisis: Why do child migrants want to come to the UK?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 8:58
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There has been a huge increase in the number of migrants travelling to Europe this year. Many of them are running away from war and poverty.

It's thought more than 600 child migrants arrived in the UK without their parents last month.

Martin went to visit a camp in the French town of Calais where thousands of migrants are staying, in the hope that they can come to the UK, even though they do not have permission to cross the border.

While Martin was in the camp, he spoke to Safid, an 11 year old boy who travelled over 5000 miles to try to reach the UK from Afghanistan.

Since the beginning of the year, it's thought that more than 153,000 migrants have tried to cross Europe's borders.

That is a 149% increase compared with the same period in 2014, when the total was 61,500.

The civil war in Syria has meant more than 8,000 people have had to leave. Afghans, Eritreans and other nationalities are also fleeing poverty and war in their countries ….


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