Around 60 Syrian refugees are holding a protest in the French port of Calais to demand entry to Britain.

The group, including some 20 who are also on hunger strike, have occupied the footbridge of a ferry terminal at the port, where ships leave for Britain.

The asylum seekers have been holding placards reading "Thank you Francois Hollande" and "We want to talk to David Cameron".

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Two refugees threatened to jump off the roof of the terminal


According to Sky News, two of the protesters have climbed on to the ferry terminal roof and are threatening to jump off if their demands are not met.

Despite being offered the right to seek asylum in France, the group say they want to start new lives in Britain, and that they are treated "worse than animals" in France.

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The Guardian reported that French riot police have moved into clear the camp, but so far they have refused to move.

A representative for the refugees said the Syrians want to speak to British officials about their plight.

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The group say they want to talk to British officials

One of the asylum seekers, a 24-year-old literature graduate told The Guardian that many of the Syrians had "a lot of difficulty with the French police".

"They have been arrested or followed, they have had to sleep rough in abandoned buildings or on the street, sometimes for months."

The Times said British Border Force officers were involved in talks with the group, but it appeared French officials were urging the Syrians to seek asylum in France.

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    Syrian refugees occupy on October 4, 2013 the footbridge of a ferry terminal at Calais port from which ships leave for British ports. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. On the second day of the protest and hunger strike on October 3, the asylum seekers put up slogans scribbled on cardboard proclaiming: 'Take us to the UK', and 'We want to talk to David Cameron'. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Syrian refugees sit next to placards reading 'Thank you Francois Hollande and people of France' (L) and 'We want to talk with David cameron' as they occupy on October 4, 2013 the footbridge of a ferry terminal at Calais port from which ships leave for British ports. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. On the second day of the protest and hunger strike on October 3, the asylum seekers put up slogans scribbled on cardboard proclaiming: 'Take us to the UK', and 'We want to talk to David Cameron'. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Syrian refugees sit next to placards reading 'Thank you Francois Hollande and people of France' (L) and 'We want to talk with David cameron' as they occupy on October 4, 2013 the footbridge of a ferry terminal at Calais port from which ships leave for British ports. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. On the second day of the protest and hunger strike on October 3, the asylum seekers put up slogans scribbled on cardboard proclaiming: 'Take us to the UK', and 'We want to talk to David Cameron'. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The prefect of the Pas-de-Calais French northern region, Denis Robin addresses the media on October 4, 2013 at a ferry terminal at Calais port from which ships leave for British ports. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. On the second day of the protest and hunger strike on October 3, the asylum seekers put up slogans scribbled on cardboard proclaiming: 'Take us to the UK', and 'We want to talk to David Cameron'. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A policeman stands guard on October 4, 2013 near Syrian refugees occupying the footbridge of a ferry terminal at Calais port from which ships leave for British ports. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. On the second day of the protest and hunger strike on October 3, the asylum seekers put up slogans scribbled on cardboard proclaiming: 'Take us to the UK', and 'We want to talk to David Cameron'. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Two Syrian refugees sit on October 4, 2013 on the footbridge of a ferry terminal at Calais port from which ships leave for British ports, threatening to jump if police tries to evacuate them. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. On the second day of the protest and hunger strike on October 3, the asylum seekers put up slogans scribbled on cardboard proclaiming: 'Take us to the UK', and 'We want to talk to David Cameron'. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A Syrian refugee lies on the ground after fainting during a protest at the ferry terminal in Calais, northern France on October 4, 2013. A team of British border police on Friday began talks with Syrian refugees, some on hunger strike, who are blocking a gangway at a ferry terminal in Calais in a desperate bid to win asylum in Britain. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Policemen stand on October 4, 2013 in front of two Syrian refugees sittting on the footbridge of a ferry terminal at Calais port from which ships leave for British ports, threatening to jump if police tries to evacuate them. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. On the second day of the protest and hunger strike on October 3, the asylum seekers put up slogans scribbled on cardboard proclaiming: 'Take us to the UK', and 'We want to talk to David Cameron'. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Two Syrian refugees sit on October 4, 2013 on the footbridge of a ferry terminal at Calais port from which ships leave for British ports, threatening to jump if police tries to evacuate them. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. On the second day of the protest and hunger strike on October 3, the asylum seekers put up slogans scribbled on cardboard proclaiming: 'Take us to the UK', and 'We want to talk to David Cameron'. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A policeman stands guard on October 4, 2013 near Syrian refugees occupying the footbridge of a ferry terminal at Calais port from which ships leave for British ports. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. On the second day of the protest and hunger strike on October 3, the asylum seekers put up slogans scribbled on cardboard proclaiming: 'Take us to the UK', and 'We want to talk to David Cameron'. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Policemen stand on October 4, 2013 in front of two Syrian refugees sittting on the footbridge of a ferry terminal at Calais port from which ships leave for British ports, threatening to jump if police tries to evacuate them. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. On the second day of the protest and hunger strike on October 3, the asylum seekers put up slogans scribbled on cardboard proclaiming: 'Take us to the UK', and 'We want to talk to David Cameron'. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Two Syrian refugees sit on the footbridge of a ferry terminal at the Calais port, a departure point for ships bound for Britain, threatening to jump if policemen try to evacuate them, on October 4, 2013. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Riot policemen keep watch while Syrian refugees are taking part in a sit-in protest as they blockade the ferry terminal in Calais, northern France on October 4, 2013. A team of British border police on Friday began talks with Syrian refugees, some on hunger strike, who are blocking a gangway at a ferry terminal in Calais in a desperate bid to win asylum in Britain. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A Syrian refugee retains another one from jumping from the top of a building as they protest at the ferry terminal in Calais, northern France on October 4, 2013. A team of British border police on Friday began talks with Syrian refugees, some on hunger strike, who are blocking a gangway at a ferry terminal in Calais in a desperate bid to win asylum in Britain. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A Syrian refugee retains another one from jumping from the top of a building as they protest at the ferry terminal in Calais, northern France on October 4, 2013. A team of British border police on Friday began talks with Syrian refugees, some on hunger strike, who are blocking a gangway at a ferry terminal in Calais in a desperate bid to win asylum in Britain. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Syrian refugees stand at a ferry terminal at the Calais port, a departure point for ships bound for Britain, threatening to jump if policemen try to evacuate them, on October 4, 2013. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Syrian refugees gather at the Calais port, a departure point for ships bound for Britain, on October 4, 2013. France offered some 60 Syrians the right to seek asylum after the refugees occupied a key point in the Channel port of Calais in a desperate bid to get to Britain. A three-member team from Britain's border police was meanwhile on its way to Calais to hold discussions with the refugees, said Denis Robin, the prefect of the Pas-de-Calais region. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Riot policemen keep watch while Syrian refugees blockade the ferry terminal in Calais, northern France on October 4, 2013. A team of British border police on Friday began talks with Syrian refugees, some on hunger strike, who are blocking a gangway at a ferry terminal in Calais in a desperate bid to win asylum in Britain. AFP PHOTO PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An interpreter from Caritas France speaks with Syrian refugees at the Calais port, a departure point for ships bound for Britain, on October 4, 2013. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Syrian refugees gather at the Calais port, a departure point for ships bound for Britain, on October 4, 2013. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An interpreter from Caritas France speaks with Syrian refugees at the Calais port, a departure point for ships bound for Britain, on October 4, 2013. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Syrian refugees gather at the Calais port, a departure point for ships bound for Britain, on October 4, 2013. About 60 Syrian refugees, of whom 40 are on a hunger strike, have occupied a key point in the northern French port of Calais and vowed to stay put until they are sent to Britain. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)