Mi­grants start leav­ing the ‘Jun­gle’ ahead of de­mo­li­tion

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

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.

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