Calais ‘Jun­gle’ camp set for de­mo­li­tion

The op­er­a­tion to close the camp has been largely peace­ful so far

The Star (Kenya) - - News World - BBC/

Mi­grants re­main­ing at the “Jun­gle” camp in Calais are await­ing the be­gin­ning of de­mo­li­tion work, as French of­fi­cials con­tinue to re­move res­i­dents by coach.

The clear­ance process saw some 2,000 mi­grants leave vol­un­tar­ily on Mon­day for cen­tres across France.

Hun­dreds more left on Tues­day as the pulling down of un­oc­cu­pied tents and struc­tures was due to be­gin. The Jun­gle has be­come a key sym­bol of Europe’s mi­gra­tion cri­sis, hous­ing some 7,000 res­i­dents in squalid con­di­tions.

The op­er­a­tion to close the camp has been largely peace­ful so far, but con­cerns re­main that some mi­grants will refuse to give up their at­tempts to cross the Chan­nel. The BBC’s Si­mon Jones, at the camp, was jos­tled as po­lice tried to keep or­der among the hun­dreds of mi­grants who lined up early on Tues­day to get on coaches out of the camp.

He said of­fi­cials had been ex­pected to move in later to be­gin clear­ing the Jun­gle’s in­fra­struc­ture; they were ex­pected to do so by hand, as send­ing in bull­doz­ers at this point would send the wrong mes­sage to mi­grants they wanted to con­vince to get on buses vol­un­tar­ily.

But by mid-morn­ing, no of­fi­cial de­mo­li­tion had be­gun. The French author­i­ties said the pri­or­ity was de­par­tures. Calais po­lice com­mis­sioner said the camp will be fully cleared by Fri­day.

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