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I was a regular visitor to the woodlands along Rue des Garennes, in Calais, from 2006 to 2010. In this period I photographed the shelters built here by illegal migrants. Locally known as the the Jungle, the place was a base camp from which they hoped to sneak across the Channel and into the UK. In 2009, the French police evicted an estimated 1,500 occupants from the woodland encampment. This action failed to stem the stream of arriving migrants, which continued however on a reduced scale. By summer 2014, the woods on Rue des Garennes were once again filling up with makeshift dwellings. The stream of refugees reaching Europe from early 2015 onwards visibly added to the growing Jungle population.