Migrants Pursue Land Routes to Europe

“Seekng Sanctuary, More Migrants Confront Land Route’s Perils,” by Rick Lyman for the New York Times:

They call it “the jungle,” but it’s really just a tangle of dirt paths through stunted trees near an abandoned brick factory.

Between 150 and 200 people — mostly men, with a smattering of young families — cluster in discrete groups in scattered campsites, most resting on dusty blankets, the earth blackened here and there by the remains of the previous night’s fires.

“We have people from Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Morocco,” said Mohamd, 42, a former truck driver for a factory near Aleppo, Syria, who hopes to reach the Netherlands. “Am I forgetting anyone?”…

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