Fear and ques­tions hang over doomed mi­grant camp

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

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.

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