France mov­ing more than 6,000 mi­grants from camp

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

France be­gan the mass evac­u­a­tion Mon­day of the makeshift mi­grant camp known as “the jun­gle,” a mam­moth project to erase the hu­man­i­tar­ian blight on its north­ern border, where thou­sands flee­ing war or poverty have lived in squalor, most hop­ing to sneak into Bri­tain.

Be­fore dawn broke, long lines of mi­grants waited in chilly tem­per­a­tures to board buses in the port city of Calais, car­ry­ing mea­ger be­long­ings and timid hope that they were headed to a brighter fu­ture, de­spite giv­ing up their dreams of life across the English Chan­nel in Bri­tain.

Closely watched by more than 1,200 po­lice, the first of dozens of buses be­gan trans­fer­ring them to re­cep­tion cen­ters around France where they can ap­ply for asy­lum.

Au­thor­i­ties were ex­pected to be­gin tear­ing down thou­sands of muddy tents and frag­ile shel­ters to­day as the mi­grants va­cated them.


Forced out: Mi­grants line-up to regis­ter at a pro­cess­ing cen­tre in the makeshift mi­grant camp known as “the jun­gle” near Calais, north­ern France, on Mon­day. French au­thor­i­ties are be­gin­ning a com­plex op­er­a­tion, un­prece­dented in Europe, to shut down the makeshift camp, up­root­ing thou­sands who made treach­er­ous jour­neys to es­cape wars, dic­ta­tors or poverty and dreamed of making a life in Bri­tain. See story at right.

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