Clos­ing the Jun­gle

The Week Middle East - - News -

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

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