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The Calais ‘Jungle’ Going Up In Flames

چهارشنبه 05 آبان 12:49
Demolition of the camp, home to almost 10,000, began Tuesday.
The Calais ‘Jungle’ Going Up In Flames

according to rapporteur report from hoffingtoon post, link ,It’s the beginning of the end for the so-called “Jungle” refugee camp in the northern French city of Calais, where thousands had sought refuge while waiting for an opportunity to start new lives in the United Kingdom.

French authorities began destroying the camp, which contained shops, restaurants, bars and schools, on Tuesday. Men in bright orange jumpsuits were pictured setting fire to the wooden structures and clearing people out calmly.

France approved the demolition last month, once the squalid conditions and dangers associated with attempting a illegal crossings into the U.K. had become too serious to ignore.

More than 4,000 people have already been relocated in the last two days, interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Tuesday.

They have been taken to welcome centers set up across the country by the government in the past year, which offer shelter for several months while people apply for asylum. 

Minors, meanwhile, are in a more precarious situation. Around 1,300 unaccompanied children had been living in the “Jungle,” according to Save The Children.

So far, 217 unaccompanied minors have been reunited with family members in the U.K. Some 770 others have been placed in a temporary container camp built on the outskirts of the “Jungle,” Cazeneuve said. Their fates still hang in the balance.

Hundreds of unaccompanied children are still yet to be registered, according to Save The Children.

“When a part of the camp was demolished earlier this year, 129 children went missing. We don’t know what happened to them,” Carolyn Miles, president of Save The Children, said Tuesday in a statement. “There is every chance that this could happen again but on a bigger scale.”

“In the coming days, it is expected that they will be interviewed in order to determine their best interests,” United Nations refugee agency spokesman William Spindler said Tuesday in a statement.

See how people are coping with their change in circumstances below:

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Migrants sit on a bus headed to Normandy.
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    PHILIPPE HUGUEN via Getty Images
    Authorities begin demolishing the camp. More than 1,900 left the slum on Oct. 24, with hundreds more boarding buses on the second day of the evacuation.
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    Jack Taylor via Getty Images
    Care workers bring child migrants to a reception point outside the Jungle migrant camp before they are taken to refugee centers.
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    Christopher Furlong via Getty Images
    A departing migrant walks by one of the few remaining shelters in the “Jungle.”
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    PHILIPPE HUGUEN via Getty Images
    Migrants carry their luggage as they walk by French anti-riot police officers towards official meeting points that French authorities put in place to streamline the evacuation process.
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    Pascal Rossignol / Reuters
    An Ethiopian migrant, member of the Oromo community, cries as he leaves the “Jungle” to be transferred to a reception center elsewhere in France.
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    Pascal Rossignol / Reuters
    A migrant walks past another burning shelter.
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    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Migrants line up to register at a processing center, which will determine where they are placed next.
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    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    A migrant departs from the camp before the official evacuation begins.
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    Neil Hall / Reuters
    Migrants wait to be transferred to reception centers.
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    PHILIPPE HUGUEN via Getty Images
    Ethiopian migrants wave the Oromo Liberation Front flag as they celebrate leaving the “Jungle.”
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    Jack Taylor via Getty Images
    Migrants are processed at a reception point outside the camp before boarding buses to their next destination.
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    Eric Bouvet via Getty Images
    Migrants and refugees drag their meagre belongings with them.
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    Jack Taylor via Getty Images
    People wait to be told where they’re headed next.
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    Philippe Wojazer / Reuters
    A migrant tears down his restaurant and home on the second day of the evacuation.
 
 

 

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