(NVO) – French workers begin demolishing the Calais migrant “Jungle”, with officials hoping that its thousands of residents evacuate peacefully. Gavino Garay reports.
They’re tearing down the Jungle..the migrant camp in Calais that’s become a symbol of the EU’s failure to deal with Europe’s migration crisis.
More than 6,000 have been camping here in what the UN has called “appalling” conditions.
But now, the migrants are are being taken by bus to shelters and hundreds of processing centers around France where they can seek asylum status, or face deportation..
Critics say the demolition has been too long coming.
Apart from the squalor, the camp has seen sometimes violent unrest and Regional Prefect Fabienne Buccio says closing it is the right thing to do.
REGIONAL PREFECT, FABIENNE BUCCIO,
“We’re taking an important step. We’re going to begin clearing the camp. It’ll contribute to helping those migrants who are still hesitating, they really need to understand that the camp is finished, this desperate situation is finished.”
For many migrants, Calais was the last hurdle in a long journey from the war-torn Mideast or North Africa.
They had hoped to make it across the English channel to the UK.
But Britain requires them to seek asylum in the first member state they set foot in.
So now, they’re forced to keep moving, while the EU looks for a long-term solution to the migrant crisis.