Gert Jochems - Photographer documentary, portraits, commercial

Since 2015, I have been regularly going to Calais and Dunkirk, where thousands of migrants are walking around hoping to get to Great Britain. That year I saw how the so-called jungle was created, a large village with all kinds of tents where at times perhaps more than five thousand migrants stayed. In October 2016, the French government completely dismantled this camp and has since ensured that such a large camp cannot arise again. Yet migrants have continued to come to Calais and Dunkirk. Spread over a larger area, they now camp in much smaller groups. Initially, the migrants tried to get into trucks to reach England. But as this has become increasingly difficult, partly because the port of Calais has been transformed into a fortified castle, migrants now use boats to cross the Channel.