Closing the Jungle
Around 7,000 people were evicted from the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais this week, as French demolition crews moved in. They pulled down shacks by hand and used diggers to remove debris from the site. Buses distributed the inhabitants to reception centres across France, where their asylum claims will be examined. The three-day operation to clear the camp was officially completed on Wednesday. Unaccompanied children were allowed to stay in Calais while their cases were assessed. Around 200 have been brought to Britain over the past fortnight, and about 600 more are expected to follow. Critics complained that some of the new arrivals looked older than 18, and called for dental checks to verify their age. Under EU asylum law, the UK must take lone children who have family here. But we’re also accepting other youngsters under the Dubs amendment – named after Labour peer Lord Dubs, who introduced the measure in order to help the most vulnerable child refugees.
Migrants being evicted from the Jungle