Hundreds of thousands of people have flooded into Europe from the Middle East, Africa and Asia this year fleeing war, oppression and poverty. One of the most emblematic sites in this mass migration is the informal refugee camp known to its residents as The Jungle, in Calais, France, across the channel from the United Kingdom. As winter approaches, thousands of people find themselves stuck at what was once a way station and is now, for many of them, the last frontier.
The Associated Press is taking a closer look at this camp with a series of stories using text, photos, video and interactive elements:
FRIDAY, NOV. 7
SEEKING HOME: LIFE INSIDE THE CALAIS MIGRANT CAMP
A 360-degree, virtual reality video documents the camp. It can be seen with Oculus or Samsung headsets, on Google Cardboard or as 360 video on AP's YouTube channel. It will be accompanied by a map locating the camp and statistics on U.K. migration.
MONDAY NOV. 9-FRIDAY, NOV. 13
Each day, the AP will move a video piece accompanied by text vignettes of 300 words and photographs on one aspect of life in the camp. All elements will move each day at approximately 0800 GMT (3 a.m. EST).
--MONDAY. Staying alive: How people access basic services such as food, shelter and utilities.
--TUESDAY. Passing the time: How people stay sane during their wait for a new life.
--WEDNESDAY. Keeping the faith: The camp's makeshift religious observances.
--THURSDAY. Healing Hands: Volunteer doctors fill medical void as winter sets in.
--FRIDAY. Losing the dream: How increasingly tight security is dashing residents' hope of reaching their destination.
SUNDAY, NOV. 15
A text story of approximately 1,500 words and a photo package will move.
MIGRANTS-END OF THE ROAD
CALAIS -- Thousands of asylum seekers trying to reach England find themselves doomed to life in an improvised village perched on a landfill in France, known to its residents as The Jungle. It has mushroomed in recent months, reflecting how mass migration is transforming Europe in ways unforeseen. The AP spends a week observing the art of survival in the continent's strangest refugee camp, where denizens are erecting makeshift homes, shops, restaurants, mosques and churches, a school and library, and even all-night bars with swirling disco lights. By Shawn Pogatchnik. With AP photos by Markus Schreiber.