In the wake of the recent, large-scale migrations into Europe the Calais border crossing has become something of a hotspot and symbol within the debate of immigration, asylum and government obligations.

Unfortunately, its coverage in the news has often been sensationalized and misinformed — focusing on rare violent breakouts, police clashes and deaths. This has in turn shaped attitudes internationally regarding the plight of refugees and economic migrants — often in an incendiary way.

With this series, I wanted to take a less political stance — allowing refugees to speak for themselves about their personal stories, motivations and goals, and to illustrate the true day-to-day conditions of living in the camp.

— Souvid Datta