Europe’s war on refugees: ‘We live like animals here’

Jan Khan has less than 24 hours before the police come to destroy his home, but he doesn’t seem too worried. It’s a drizzly Thursday afternoon, and he’s playing a pickup game of cricket with a group of other Afghans at a makeshift camp in Calais — a northern French port city that has become an important transit point for illegal immigrants looking to cross the English Channel and reach the UK. Many came to Europe hoping to find refuge from the war and violence that has ravaged their home countries. Instead, they’ve been left homeless and without legal protections, looking to England as a last hope for asylum.

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Khan is 40, but he looks much older, with weathered skin and a crooked nose that he claims was broken by the French police. He…

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