Thousands of illegal immigrants camped out in Calais hoping to reach the UK are "prepared to die", the mayor of the French town has said. The 51-year-old told the Home Affairs Select Committee that some 2,500 illegal immigrants are in the town, with many willing to risk their lives to reach the UK. She said: "You have a much more favourable regime in Britain than in other European countries". She described the benefits migrants receive in the UK as the "real magnet" for those hoping to illegally cross over to Britain. Full story >>
A magnet is someone or something that attracts and interests many people very strongly. • The town has now become a real tourist magnet.