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France: Relocation of child refugees commences in Calais01:54

France: Relocation of child refugees commences in Calais

France, Calais
November 2, 2016 at 16:55 GMT -00:00 · Published

Journalist (English): "And how do you feel about this?"

Nazir Mahammad, refugee (English): "I feel well, because I hope to go to England because I have my family in here. Because of that. I hope to go to England."

French authorities' began the relocation of over 1,500 children from Calais to various CAOMIs (Central Reception and Orientation centres for isolated minors) around France, Wednesday. Minors have been living in a makeshift camp, sleeping in shipping containers, converted to become inhabitable as they await relocation.

Around 30 buses arrived to collect every minor still present in the camp. According to the local authorities relocation will be completed not later than tomorrow.

Fabienne Buccio, the prefect of Pas-de-Calais, took the opportunity to praise her British "colleagues;" representatives of the UK government and NGOs who work with in the relocation process.

Around 10,000 refugees and migrants lived in the camp before its demolition began on Monday, October 23. Most former inhabitants have been transported to alternative accommodation across France, though many of the original camp's minors were kept at the container site. The British government has so far only accepted 274 children, despite many of the claimants having a legal right to live with family in the UK.

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Journalist (English): "And how do you feel about this?"

Nazir Mahammad, refugee (English): "I feel well, because I hope to go to England because I have my family in here. Because of that. I hope to go to England."

French authorities' began the relocation of over 1,500 children from Calais to various CAOMIs (Central Reception and Orientation centres for isolated minors) around France, Wednesday. Minors have been living in a makeshift camp, sleeping in shipping containers, converted to become inhabitable as they await relocation.

Around 30 buses arrived to collect every minor still present in the camp. According to the local authorities relocation will be completed not later than tomorrow.

Fabienne Buccio, the prefect of Pas-de-Calais, took the opportunity to praise her British "colleagues;" representatives of the UK government and NGOs who work with in the relocation process.

Around 10,000 refugees and migrants lived in the camp before its demolition began on Monday, October 23. Most former inhabitants have been transported to alternative accommodation across France, though many of the original camp's minors were kept at the container site. The British government has so far only accepted 274 children, despite many of the claimants having a legal right to live with family in the UK.

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