Mi­grants in squalid French camps get hous­ing upgrade

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD - The As­so­ci­ated Press

CALAIS, France — French of­fi­cials have taken steps to im­prove the lot of thou­sands of mi­grants liv­ing in das­tardly con­di­tions in north­ern France, set­ting up con­tain­ers with bunk beds in Calais, the largest camp, and ap­prov­ing plans to re­lo­cate an­other squalid camp out­side nearby Dunkirk. Mi­grants throng by the thou­sands to Calais and Dunkirk in a bid to sneak into Bri­tain. But un­til Mon­day, au­thor­i­ties had done lit­tle to make life eas­ier for mi­grants — from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea and else­where — be­cause France and Bri­tain are try­ing to dis­suade them from com­ing. A group of 140 peo­ple moved into the white con­tain­ers with bunk beds in Calais, which has room for 1,500. And in Grande-Syn­the, the mayor’s of­fice ap­proved re­lo­cat­ing a camp mired in mud to an­other lo­ca­tion.

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