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By Cassandra Vinograd

More than 37,000 migrants have been blocked from illegally crossing from France into England this year, according to the company operating the tunnel between the countries.

Service in the Eurotunnel has been disrupted repeatedly in recent weeks by migrants' attempts in the French city of Calais to board trucks or trains heading to the U.K.

France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Wednesday that nine migrants have died in attempts since June 26 and that he will be deploying 120 additional police to stem the crisis.

His remarks came after Eurotunnel said in a statement that it "deplores" the death of another migrant overnight, when according to news agencies more than 2,000 people tried to push through the tunnel.

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The company said it has invested millions of dollars to protect its infrastructure but the pressure it has faced from an "explosion in the number of migrants present in Calais" is "above and beyond."

The more than 37,000 migrants have been "discretely intercepted" since January have been turned over to law enforcement, it added.

Calais has been pleading for assistance to address a mounting migrant crisis. The city is a key transit point for migrants from a patchwork of global conflicts — Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and beyond — desperate for a better life.

British Prime Minister David Cameron called the current situation "unacceptable" and convened an emergency meeting on the crisis.