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Will the Calais Jungle be the last migrant camp in France?

The closure of the Calais Jungle is the latest in a series of attempts by French authorities to remove makeshift migrant camps in the area.

Ever since the construction of the Channel Tunnel, northern France has been a magnet for people from around the world.

In 2009, bulldozers cleared the camp that sprung up following the closure of a red cross centre at Sangatte in 2002. Earlier this year, part of the current camp was cleared.

But with the French presidential election upon the horizon, matters are coming to a head. The candidates are vying to come down toughest on the Calais camp, and demand more of the British.

Refugees and migrants begin exodus from Calais Jungle

Hundreds of refugees and migrants have packed their bags on the first day of the mass exodus from the Calais Jungle.

Approximately 2,000 camp residents, including an estimated 300 children, will have passed through the registration centre on the edge of the camp by the end of Monday, a spokesman for the French Interior said.

Crowds carrying rucksacks, holdalls and wheelie-bags, many with scarves over their faces, queued to register for accommodation centres elsewhere after being told they must leave the camp or risk arrest and deportation.

Demolition work on the camp is expected to begin on Tuesday.


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