France moving more than 6,000 migrants from camp
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.