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France: Authorities declare Calais 'Jungle' reception centre closed02:24

France: Authorities declare Calais 'Jungle' reception centre closed

France, Calais
October 27, 2016 at 12:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

“The migrant reception centre is closed”, Fabienne Buccio, the Prefect of Pas-de-Calais, stated on Thursday, as the dismantlement of the makeshift refugee and migrant camp known as the “Jungle” continues.

Hundreds of people, including unaccompanied children, had to sleep out in the open air last night, after the French government decided to clear the camp four days ago. However it appears that not enough alternative accommodation was available to take the roughly 10,000 people in who had lived in the camp. Fires broke out during the demolition and evacuation process, and police officers continued to be deployed on Thursday.

During the press conference Buccio stated that all the former camp residents have been welcomed and are being hosted somewhere and claimed that the people, who are outside the migrant centre, “come from elsewhere”. Marauder patrols are still wandering around the area and anyone found in the Landes camp will be received by the authorities, the Prefect said. However Buccio insisted that the old camp entrance will not become “an entry point for all migrants to France”.

Charities such as “Save the Children” and “Refugee Info Bus” have criticized the dismantlement process, accusing authorities of closing registration centres, while people were still queuing outside, resulting in people being turned away with nowhere to go.

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“The migrant reception centre is closed”, Fabienne Buccio, the Prefect of Pas-de-Calais, stated on Thursday, as the dismantlement of the makeshift refugee and migrant camp known as the “Jungle” continues.

Hundreds of people, including unaccompanied children, had to sleep out in the open air last night, after the French government decided to clear the camp four days ago. However it appears that not enough alternative accommodation was available to take the roughly 10,000 people in who had lived in the camp. Fires broke out during the demolition and evacuation process, and police officers continued to be deployed on Thursday.

During the press conference Buccio stated that all the former camp residents have been welcomed and are being hosted somewhere and claimed that the people, who are outside the migrant centre, “come from elsewhere”. Marauder patrols are still wandering around the area and anyone found in the Landes camp will be received by the authorities, the Prefect said. However Buccio insisted that the old camp entrance will not become “an entry point for all migrants to France”.

Charities such as “Save the Children” and “Refugee Info Bus” have criticized the dismantlement process, accusing authorities of closing registration centres, while people were still queuing outside, resulting in people being turned away with nowhere to go.

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