Riot police on standby as demolition begins at Calais migrant jungle camp

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Demolition teams have started to dismantle part of the Calais migrant camp known as the Jungle.

A French court ruling last week allowed mass evictions. The camp has been hosting migrants trying to reach Britain.

Refugees in CalaisOfficials of Help Refugees, a new organization supporting refugees in Calais said they were “devastated” to learn that the court ruled against them and upheld the decision to demolish the Southern section of the Jungle.

“We will be appealing this decision immediately,” Help Refugees said. “We are shocked that this verdict will strip refugees of their homes once again without adequate alternative provisions. Our census revealed 3455 refugees will be evicted and it was stated in court that only 1156 alternative places are currently available across France. Our concerns particularly remain with the 305 unaccompanied children who will be evicted from their living quarters without proper assessment, safeguarding or suitable alternative provisions.”

Help Refugees didn’t know when the government had planned to carry out the evictions this soon.

It has been reported that the French government plans to relocate migrants to proper reception centres.

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