Fear and questions hang over doomed migrant camp
Migrants prayed, plotted and played soccer together Sunday, a day before France starts clearing them by the thousands from a makeshift refugee camp that is doomed for destruction.
But the scene that would pass for normal on another day at the slumlike camp in the northern port town of Calais nicknamed the “jungle” was anything but routine.
Today, 60 buses are set to transport 3,000 migrants to reception centers scattered around France. By week’s end, the camp is to be emptied and destroyed.
“Tomorrow the jungle is finished. You know it, right?” Enrika Kareivaite, a volunteer with aid group Care4Calais, told a group of asylum seekers. Police and volunteers will be on hand, she said, “and we will ask you to leave with us together, OK?”
The evacuation of at least 6,486 migrants — aid groups have estimated 8,300 — has been in the works for two months and is expected to take a week.