More than 1,200 police and officials in France are clearing the “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais. The camp has been housing at least 7,000 people in squalid conditions. Migrants queued to be processed, and the first of some 60 coaches that will carry them to refugee centres across France have now left.
However, there is concern that some migrants will refuse to go because they still want to get to Britain and that weekend clashes with police could be repeated. The Jungle has played host to scenes of both squalor and of violence, as migrants, mainly from Africa and the Middle East, attempt to board lorries bound for the UK, clashing with drivers and police in the process.
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.
However, the Home Office said on Monday the transfer process had been paused during the demolition of the Jungle, at the request of the French.