Un­der­age mi­grants moved out of Calais to sites around France

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

French au­thor­i­ties be­gan bus­ing un­der­age mi­grants yes­ter­day out of Calais to pro­cess­ing cen­ters around France, as the gov­ern­ment tries to bring a de­fin­i­tive end to the no­to­ri­ous mi­grant camp in this English Chan­nel city. Three buses car­ried a group of boys, mainly teenagers, out of the camp in the morn­ing.

Au­thor­i­ties hope to move out all 1,500 un­ac­com­pa­nied child mi­grants from Calais by the end of the day in some 30 buses, ac­cord­ing to the re­gional ad­min­is­tra­tion. French au­thor­i­ties trans­ferred more than 5,000 adult mi­grants out of Calais last week, but the fate of its chil­dren had re­mained un­clear. Mi­grants from the Mideast and Africa had con­verged on the camp over the past 18 months in hopes of cross­ing to Bri­tain. The filthy, law­less site, which mi­grants re­fer to as “the jun­gle,” had be­come a sym­bol of Europe’s mi­grant cri­sis and a source of shame for France.

The child mi­grants will be taken to 60 ded­i­cated cen­ters scat­tered around France where Bri­tish of­fi­cials will study whether they have the right to U.K. asy­lum, ac­cord­ing to French and Bri­tish au­thor­i­ties. The oth­ers will be put un­der the care of French child wel­fare ser­vices. The op­er­a­tion has rekin­dled ten­sions among the youths and fears that it means the end of their dream of reach­ing Bri­tain.

Four peo­ple were in­jured when clashes broke out Tues­day night be­tween Afghan and Eritrean mi­grants in the camp, the ad­min­is­tra­tion said. Po­lice used tear gas to sep­a­rate them, and strength­ened se­cu­rity at the site overnight. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Bri­tish Home Of­fice were in Calais yes­ter­day to ex­plain to the chil­dren what will hap­pen next. — AP


CALAIS: An un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­grant mi­nor from the de­mol­ished “Jun­gle” mi­grant camp in Calais, waves from a bus as he leaves for a re­cep­tion cen­ter.

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