Migrants start leaving the ‘Jungle’ ahead of demolition
MIGRANTS carrying suitcases and bundles of possessions began leaving the Calais “Jungle” yesterday ahead of the demolition of the camp that has served as a launchpad for attempts to sneak into Britain.
A group of Sudanese and Eritrean migrants queued in the earlymorning darkness outside a hangar where the camp’s 6000-8000 occupants were sorted into groups and put on buses for shelters across France.
The clearance operation is expected to last three days after which the sprawling shantytown – one of the biggest in Europe – will be razed.
The settlement on wasteland next to Calais port, where migrants have established camps for over a decade, has become a symbol of Europe’s failure to resolve the worst migration crisis in its post-war history.
Aid agencies have warned that some migrants could try resist being relocated and more than 1200 police officers were deployed to prevent any unrest or outbreak of violence.
The closure of the camp is aimed at relieving tensions in the Calais area, where clashes between police and migrants trying to climb onto trucks heading to Britain are an almost nightly occurrence. –
Migrants queue outside a hangar where they will be sorted into groups and put on buses for shelters across France as part of the full evacuation of the Calais “Jungle” camp, in northern France, yesterday.