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Calais, hit by migrant woes, a city everyone wants to leave

The truck drivers who pass through don't like it. Neither do the millions of tourists who turn up each year. And the migrants who flock here have only one thing on their mind: leaving. More than ever, it seems, people come to the port city of Calais — on the French side of the English Channel — for the sole purpose of getting out. Calais, which features in the writing of Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo, is a natural travel hub that evokes France's love-hate relationship with England. Its huge port that welcomes ferry visitors from Dover, its nearby Eurostar train stop, and its crowded highways all attest to its key role. But these days, everyone who comes seems to be...

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