France to Begin Shutdown of Calais Migrant Camp

Paris, – More than 1,200 police and officials in France are preparing for the clearance of the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais. According to authorities, 7,000 people live in the camp in squalid conditions. They will be offered placements in refugee centers across France.

But there is concern that some migrants will refuse to go because they still want to get to Britain. There were clashes between the police and groups of migrants over the weekend. The UK has begun to accept some of the estimated 1,300 unaccompanied children from the camp.

The first group without family ties to the UK has arrived in Britain under the “Dubs amendment” rules, which grant refuge to the most vulnerable. Charities are helping the French authorities to process minors that remain in the camp, by conducting interviews and establishing who should also be transferred to the UK.

Source: Qatar News Agency