NGOs drop support for 'ill-prepared' Calais Jungle evacuation

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The notorious makeshift migrant camp in the French Channel port of Calais, which NGOs estimate houses between 8,000 and 10,000 people, including 1,300 minors without parents, is to be evacuated and razed in the coming weeks. But 11 humanitarian associations involved in providing assistance for the migrants living in a shantytown of huts and tents known as “the Jungle”, many of which initially supported the move, have now applied for a court order to halt the operation, arguing that it is “a violation of the fundamental rights of the exiled”. Carine Fouteau hears from the head of one of the most active NGOs, L’Auberge des Migrants, why it has now come out against the evacuation and his fears over the consequences.

France's Hollande visits Calais amid 'Jungle' migrant row

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French president insists makeshift migrant camp will be 'definitively' dismantled, as issue looks set to be a theme in 2017 presidential election.

France to move Calais migrants to nationwide centres

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During a visit to a refugee reception centre in Tours, west-central France, President François Hollande said that about 9,000 migrants living rough in the Channel port would soon be dispersed to similar centres around the country.

Calais blockade: protest targets migrant camp

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Lorry drivers and farmers stage protest against the French government's failure to close the camp, known as the 'Jungle'.

French minister vows to close Calais migrant camp

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Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve says he will press ahead with dismantling the 'Jungle' in coastal town with the 'greatest determination'.

Refugee aid association sounds alarm over plight of children in Calais

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The Refugee Youth Service, an association helping migrants in the Channel port, has published a report detailing worsening situation for lone youngsters.

French court rejects bid to demolish shops at Jungle refugee camp

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Judge has ruled there is no legal basis for expelling 72 people running makeshift stores and cafés at the camp in Calais.

Swathe of Calais migrant 'Jungle' dismantled

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Workers with bulldozers and chain saws have finished the razing of the southern half of the notorious makeshift migrant camp in France's Channel port.

Calais and Grande-Synthe, a tale of two radically different migrant camps


In its latest attempt to reduce the enduring migrant crisis in the Channel port of Calais, where thousands of people live in insalubrious conditions while hoping to find a passage to Britain, the authrities have built an austere residential camp made out of converted shipping containers. Just several kilometres along the coast, near Dunkirk, where a similar crisis is developing, the Doctors Without Borders NGO has built, in cooperation with the local mayor, an unofficial camp of wooden huts that could not be more different, where it says the aim was to make migrants “feel at home”. But the concept is clearly not shared by the government. Carine Fouteau reports.

Clashes as French authorities pull down homes in Calais 'Jungle' camp

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Police fire teargas at migrants who threw stones while three shelters set on fire after authorities dismantle makeshift shacks in refugee camp.

French authorities try to pry migrants from Calais camp

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After court ruling, officials go from tent to tent trying to convince residents in the so-called 'Jungle' to leave.

French court gives green light to Calais 'Jungle' evacuation

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Activists who had sought to stop evacuation of the southern half of the migrant camp say decision will leave thousands with nowhere to go.

Jude Law, Tom Stoppard join recitals in Calais 'Jungle' before evictions

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The actor and playwright were among group of performers reading out literary and historical letters with migrants peforming songs and own texts.

Half of Calais 'Jungle' migrant camp to be razed

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Some 1,000 migrants are to be displaced from a part of the the makeshift and insalubrious camp which the authorities will raze next week.

French prosecutors probe attacks on Calais 'Jungle' migrants

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At least six attacks on migrants at the makeshift camp in France are being investigated as volunteer legal teams say violence is 'endemic'.