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Migrants not sure of final destination as Calais camp shuts

The mass exodus of refugees and migrants from the so-called 'Jungle' camp in Calais is under way, with buses starting to disperse hundreds of its residents across France.

Crowds carrying rucksacks and holdalls surged towards the warehouse where processing was taking place as police opened the gates just after 7am UK time on Monday.

People in the queues said they had no idea where they were going but many seemed resigned to leaving the sprawling camp, where demolition work is expected to begin on Tuesday.


Belgium says it will not approve EU-Canada trade deal

Prime Minister Charles Michel said he would continue talks aimed at reviving the deal Credit: Reuters

Belgium said it had been unable to clear the way to approve an EU-Canada trade deal because a single region remains opposed.

"I have officially told Tusk that we have no agreement," said Belgium's Prime Minister Charles Michel after a meeting with regional leaders in Wallonia.

The Wallonians' implacable opposition threatens to derail the CETA trade agreement, which was seven years in the making.

Canada said it was "impossible" to continue talks last week, while the EU had given Belgium until Monday to hold crisis talks in the hope of reaching a compromise.

Michel said he was still open to dialogue with leaders in Wallonia, and that it was too early to say whether CETA was dead.

The breakdown of the talks has also highlighted the challenges faced by Theresa May as she attempt's to strike her own deal with the EU after the vote for Brexit.

MP demands border security boost after 'Jungle' closure

An estimated 6,500 people are being evicted from the 'Jungle' camp. Credit: Reuters/Pascal Rossignol

Britain should boost its border security as French authorities move to demolish the Calais 'Jungle' refugee camp, an MP has warned.

Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke said the UK must be prepared for a surge in migrants making a last-ditch bid to reach the UK.

He was speaking as an estimated 6,500 people who have been living in the camp began a mass exodus, with refugees and migrants registering for accommodation centres elsewhere in France after being told to leave or risk arrest and deportation.

People will be more desperate than ever to see if they can break into Britain, it's important that border security is stepped up at this time...

Whatever happens, we need to be prepared for every eventuality and we need to take control.

That means we need to invest in the Dover controls, intelligence, security on the English channel, as well as better roads to Dover.

It is in the interests of Dover and Calais that Britain and France work together to end the Calais migrant magnet.

– Conservative MP Charlie Elphicke

Meanwhile, Commons Home Affairs Committee chairwoman Yvette Cooper said there were still children in the camp with family in the UK who were now at risk of falling into the hands of people traffickers.

She told the BBC: "That's what's really worrying because once the clearances start we know that there is a significant risk that many of those children and young people just disappear."


'Jungle' residents asked where in France they want to go to

Refugees and migrants from the "Jungle" camp in Calais are being asked which region of France they wish to be sent to.

Residents of the camp are then issued with a coloured wristband and assigned to buses to take them to temporary centres across the country.

ITV News Producer Ellie Swinton is in Calais:

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On Tuesday 60 buses filled with residents will leave the camp, with more planned for later in the week.

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'Jungle' clearance like 'D-Day' for Calais, says port boss

Residents of the 'Jungle' camp queue for buses. Credit: APTN

The dismantling of the "Jungle" migrant camp is like "D-Day" for the Port of Calais, its chief executive has said.

However, Jean-Marc Puissesseau has warned that the clearance would be a "waste of time" unless a police presence is maintained in the city to stop refugees and migrants who want to travel to the UK from gathering there again.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today, Mr Puissesseau said: "I am a very, very happy man.

"It's for us really the D-Day.

"Because I will not say it was the war here but since two years (ago) we are living in constant stress and living (with) a lot of attacks on the highway to try to slow down the traffic and to try for the migrants to get into the lorries and so on."

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