Calais 'Jungle' migrants receive eviction order

Hundreds of migrants in the Calais 'jungle' camp have been issued with expulsion orders. Credit: PA

Hundreds of refugees and migrants living in a makeshift camp in Calais have received expulsion orders from French authorities.

The inhabitants of the camp, known locally as "the Jungle", have been ordered to remove their possessions by 8pm on Tuesday so it can be demolished.

The order is thought to affect 800 to 1,000 migrants including many Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans fleeing conflicts. They are to move to nearby heated containers or welcome centres across France.

Humanitarian groups, including Doctors of the World, sent a protest letter to the French interior minister stating that the proposed demolition was "very far from answering the needs of the problems encountered", arguing migrants would now scatter along the French coast.

There are thought to be around 4,000 people living in the Calais hoping to find a route to Britain.