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France Evacuating Calais Children
France Evacuating Calais Children

France Evacuating Calais Children

France Evacuating Calais Children

French authorities have begun moving 1,500 migrant children from the Calais “Jungle” camp, a week after demolition began. Two buses carrying the first minors left the area at 08:30 local time (0730 GMT). The unaccompanied children will be taken to reception centers around the country. They had been living in converted shipping containers hoping to travel to the UK. But the French authorities have now given them documents saying no further applications for transfer to the UK will be handled in Calais, BBC reported. On Tuesday night, riot police were called to the camp when fighting broke out between Eritrean Christian and Afghan Muslim teenagers. Police said about 100 youths were involved. Dozens of Eritreans reportedly took sanctuary in a makeshift church. French President Francois Hollande has said no one will be allowed back into the dismantled camp, a staging post for irregular migrants fleeing war and poverty and trying to cross the Channel to the UK. The final shelters were destroyed on Monday after an operation to move some 7,000 people to centers elsewhere in France.

 

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