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Does the French government allow those living in the "Jungle" and similar squatter camps to claim benefits?

How have the "jungle people" been obtaining food and having their medical needs met? Have they relied entirely on charities, or have they been able to claim French welfare benefits?

Most of those in the camps have entered the EU without documentation, however, they have not attempted to claim asylum in France, but instead are intending to travel to the UK.

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    You are wrong about the Dublin regulation. You are for instance allowed to seek asylum in a country where you have your family. Also the regulation is for countries, not persons. See eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/… – liftarn Mar 11 '16 at 11:32
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    @PointlessSpike Because otherwise they wouldn't take so much hardship to travel through all of Europe to reach very specific destinations. – Philipp Mar 11 '16 at 14:30
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    @PointlessSpike My impression of a lot of the Syrian refugees, who I have seen on TV, has been that they are quite well educated. Remember they need a goodly amount of money to make the journey, to pay the rogues who supply them with leaking boats, and to sustain themselves on the journey and thereafter. But let us not underestimate their desperation to leave Syria where many face a choice between being in the front line of a war or starvation in the hinterland. What would any reasonable person expect them to do but to flee? – WS2 Mar 11 '16 at 21:09
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    @Philipp There are many valid reasons to seek specific destinations beside “benefits” (first and foremost knowing somebody who can help set you up, language, perceived work opportunities, etc.) And what little research I am aware of (a survey in Calais actually) suggests many people there did not start the trip with the UK as their only goal but decided on it based on information they got during their journey. – Relaxed Mar 12 '16 at 8:03
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    @Relaxed Another perceived advantage of the UK over other European countries is that historically it has a larger "black economy". It is easier to find work, without identification, or national insurance particulars, in return for "cash-in-hand" at the end of the week. Certain employers are less interested in your legal status. So a lot of people can exist, a bit like "wet-backs" in the USA. The government has been and is making some effort to change this culture. – WS2 Mar 12 '16 at 8:22

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