In Calais (Northern France), between 2500 and 3000 people are seeking to cross the channel by jumping in lorries before they embark on the Calais to Dover ferries.
There is no structure for them to sleep or keep warm, no shower, no toilet and no access to water. There is one single food distribution per day, set up by two sharing NGOs, with next to no contribution from the city and the government.
There are two small water access who have been illegally set up, and many humanitarian associations distribute warm clothes, blankets and tents, and some food.
The situation is complete chaos with, to date, very limited action taken by the French Government (high barbed wire wall set up partially funded by the UK, a rented hall with a maximum capacity of 400 for when temperatures fall bellow -5C, a possible day centre with a capacity of 600 outside the city centre that could open in 2015).
People on the ground include (non exhaustive list):
Calais Ouverture Humanité,
L’Auberge Des Migrants,