Europe

Makeshift migrant church in Calais holds final service

  • A boy rides a bicycle on the remains of the makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Thousands of migrants dispersed this week from the now-torched camp they had called home in Calais are struggling to adapt to unfamiliar surroundings in towns and villages throughout France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    A boy rides a bicycle on the remains of the makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Thousands of migrants dispersed this week from the now-torched camp they had called home in Calais are struggling to adapt to unfamiliar surroundings in towns and villages throughout France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

  • Personal belongings and the remains of the makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Some thousands of migrants were dispersed over the last week from the now-torched camp they had called home near the city of Calais, and are now adapting to unfamiliar surroundings in various towns and villages throughout France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Personal belongings and the remains of the makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Some thousands of migrants were dispersed over the last week from the now-torched camp they had called home near the city of Calais, and are now adapting to unfamiliar surroundings in various towns and villages throughout France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

  • Remains of the makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Some thousands of migrants were dispersed over the last week from the now-torched camp they had called home near the city of Calais, and are now adapting to unfamiliar surroundings in various towns and villages throughout France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

    Remains of the makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. Some thousands of migrants were dispersed over the last week from the now-torched camp they had called home near the city of Calais, and are now adapting to unfamiliar surroundings in various towns and villages throughout France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)  (The Associated Press)

With poignant prayers, Eritrean migrants are attending the final service at a makeshift church in what remains of the squalid camp in the French port of Calais.

Scores of people squeezed into the service Sunday at a small Orthodox church erected at the camp that has come to epitomize Europe's struggle to absorb migrants and refugees.

The church is one of many handmade structures — including mosques, schools and shops — that demonstrated the migrants' enterprising spirits and offered them solace amid hardship.

French authorities are evacuating the residents of the so-called "jungle" and razing its tents and shanties, which housed up to 10,000 people at its height.

Calais, a gateway to the English Channel, has long been a magnet for migrants from the Mideast and Africa seeking to reach Britain.