A migrants’ association in northern France says security forces are in a standoff with several dozen Syrians staging a protest in a northern port in hopes of reaching Britain.

Mael Galisson of Migrant Services Platform says the migrants have occupied a gangway at the Calais ferry terminal since Wednesday, and on Friday police moved to evacuate them. But two among the group of Syrians climbed onto the roof and threatened to jump if their demands were not met, and police backed off.

Mr. Galisson said local police are negotiating with the group of about 55 Syrians, some of whom are on hunger strike.

For years migrants have swarmed Calais, hoping to sneak across the English Channel to Britain, which is seen as an easier place than France to make a life.

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