The illegal immigrant, who has not been named, is said to have been walking along the busy A16 motorway at around 8pm on Saturday night before being struck by a lorry as he reached the port of Calais ring road, the main gateway to the UK.
It is the first migrant death to be reported in Calais since the infamous Jungle camp was razed in a desperate bid reduce the number of migrants arriving.
Calais police have since asked witnesses to step forward to help them determine the cause of the accident, which remains unknown.
An Ethiopian migrant was killed under a lorry in Calais
Officials believe that the migrant died as he attempted to cross the packed motorway, but have denied claims the young man’s death proves Britain-bound immigrants are setting up secret tent camps in the Calais region, as revealed by the Daily Express.
An increasing number of migrants are returning to Calais
Gilles Debove, Calais Police
A spokesman for the Calais prefecture said: “The fact that one UK-bound migrant was killed in a tragic accident on the A16 does not mean that scores of immigrants have returned. Calais has always been a magnet for UK-bound migrants, and always will be. The ‘Jungle’ camp’s destruction has done nothing to reverse that trend.”
Calais authorities deny claims migrants have returned to the Calais area, to cross to the UK
Calais Jungle Camp: Before and After
Fri, November 11, 2016
Extraordinary photographs show life in the last days of the Calais 'Jungle' refugee camp at the end of October, alongside the current scene as it stands today.
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The spokesperson added that officials and police remained on “high alert” and were doing their best to stop impromptu makeshift settlements from springing up in the port town; before adding that “no” migrant camp had been set up in the area since October.
Pro-immigrant charities, however, claim Britain-bound migrants are slowly trickling back into Calais less than three months after the Jungle was turned into a lifeless wasteland.
Police forces are on 'high alert' and removing make-shift settlements
Calais Police union representative Gilles Debove told La Voix du Nord earlier this month: “The two situations are obviously not comparable: there used to be more than 10,000 migrants living in the Jungle, which is, thankfully, no longer the case today.
“That said, an increasing number of migrants are returning to Calais. I’ve spotted lots of child migrants and more than 10 migrant families walking along the motorway leading to the port.”