Calais

People-smuggling gangs circle as migrants return to Calais

International — Live

After the mass displacement last year of thousands from the notorious makeshift 'jungle' camp near the French Channel port of Calais, where for years migrants gathered while hoping for a clandestine passage to the UK, smaller numbers have begun returning to the zone where people-smuggling gangs are again closing in.

Vietnamese migrant-smugglers' camp is disused coalmine in N France

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Anti-human trafficking ONGs have raised the alarm over a camp in northern France known as Vietnam City where, hidden in woodland on the site of an old coalmine, they say up to 100 Vietnamese migrants, some of them minors, are housed in poor conditions awaiting passage to the UK to work illegally in cannabis farms, nail bars and restaurants.

French police blame British for Calais clashes

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Local officers said migrants took advantage of bottleneck to board trucks after British restricted traffic entering port, despite French warnings.

France talks tough on Calais migrants

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French interior minister rules out new migrant reception centre and says he will deploy extra riot police to contain new influx of people in port.

France won't scrap border controls in Calais but UK 'must pay more'

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Interior minister Gérard Collomb said returning border to England would be 'complex' but Paris wants more 'favourable conditions' over costs. 

French mayor behind gutted migrant camp vows it will return

International

A migrant camp close to the Channel port of Dunkirk, in north-east France, which housed about 1,500 people in wooden sheltered accommodation, was razed to the ground in a huge blaze on Monday that was started during fighting between groups of Iraqi Kurds and Afghans. The events have further fuelled anti-immigrant rhetoric from candidates campaigning in the French presidential elections, and placed in question the outgoing socialist government’s already reluctant support for the site. But, as Carine Fouteau reports, the local mayor behind the creation of the camp, which opened only last year, has pledged to rebuild it.

How Hollande broke election promise over child detentions

France

Despite his much-vaunted election promises, President François Hollande’s commitment to end the detention of child refugees and migrants has failed to materialise. In mainland France, 460 minors were detained between 2012-2016 and in the overseas département of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean, some 20,000 were locked up. The Léonarda scandal – when a Kosovan child on a school trip in France was arrested pending deportation – is just one example of the hardships faced by immigrant minors under the current presidency. Carine Fouteau reports.

Refugees from Calais 'Jungle' camp begin studies at French university

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In an operation beginning with French-language courses, the 80 former inhabitants of the now-demolished squalid Channel port migrant camp were required to have already been students in their home countries and to demonstrate interest in the university courses on offer.

Police accused of 'inhumane' treatment to Paris migrants

France

As winter bites in the French capital, three humanitarian associations allege the police have been harassing migrants on the streets of Paris and in some cases tear-gassing them as they queue at the refugee centre. And following the destruction of the so-called Jungle migrant camp in Calais, a local association says remaining migrants there are also suffering harassment. Carine Fouteau interviewed Corinne Torre of Médecins Sans Frontières to find out more.

French presidential front-runner 'will close UK border at Calais'

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A spokesman for the conservative frontrunner candidate for the 2017 presidential elections, Alain Juppé, has said the UK border post in Calais will, if he becomes president, be closed as an 'uncomfortable consequence' of Brexit.

UK-bound migrant minors in France 'on hunger strike'

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Charities report hunger strikes and absconding among the 1,600 children and young people evacuated from the Calais 'jungle' camp to centres across France where many are kept unaware of the progress of their applications to join relatives in Britain.

Migrants hiding in northern France after Calais camp demolished

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Some have headed for Grande-Synthe refugee camp at Dunkirk but many migrants are sleeping in ditches near coast and still trying to reach UK.

France moves Calais child migrants

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French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve says Britain has agreed to take in 'several hundred' of the around 1,600 child migrants in the town.

More people sleeping rough in Paris after Calais camp closed

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Officials say rise in number of people living on street in capital could be linked to the demolition of so-called 'Jungle' migrant camp in Calais.

France and UK bicker over child migrants in Calais

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French ministers have hit back at apparent British criticism of way migrant children are being treated while Calais camp is dismantled.