Children left with 'nowhere to go' after Calais 'Jungle' camp clearance

French authorities has declared the operation to clear the 'Jungle' camp over - but charities have said hundreds of child refugees had been left with nowhere to go.

A total of 5,596 people have been evacuated since the operation began on Monday with many of them being taken away on buses, French ministries said. Of those removed from the camp, 234 children are being resettled in the UK.

Save The Children said it was "extremely concerned" about minors who had not been registered as the site went up in flames.

A spokeswoman for the local prefecture said that the rate of demolition would be scaled up on Thursday with larger machinery moving in.

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Stranded migrants offered shelter in 'Jungle' church

Children on the roadside near the Credit: Liz Clegg/PA Wire

Around 70 people facing a second night of sleeping rough around the "Jungle" in Calais are being allowed into the camp's church and school, a charity has said.

Volunteers from Help Refugees said they are taking food and blankets to the stranded group, around half of whom are thought to be children.

Earlier on Thursday Home Secretary Amber Rudd reminded French authorities of their duty to "properly protect" children, amid reports youngsters were forced to sleep rough around the smoldering remains of the camp on Wednesday night.

Rudd tells French that Calais children need protection

Home Secretary Amber Rudd told French officials Calais children need proper protection. Credit: Reuters

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has spoken to French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve "to stress the need for children who remain in Calais to be properly protected" after dozens of youngsters were forced to sleep on the roadside of the Jungle camp.

UK to take in a "few hundred" more children from Calais camp.

Children pushed back from Calais 'Jungle' camp

Unaccompanied minors are reported to be being pushed back from the "Jungle" camp in Calais.

The charity Help Refugees estimated that there were between 100 and 200 children left in the camp on Thursday morning waiting to be processed.

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In response to police attempts to move them away from the camp, the minors stopped and one played a drum.

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Children 'arrested without explanation' in Calais

Children are reportedly being arrested in the 'Jungle' camp in Calais, a charity has warned.

Help Refugees said it had received reports of "children are being arrested without explanation" in the camp.

It added all residents must be registered by 2pm and "any minors or adults found without wrist bands by that time will be arrested".

French Authorities have brought in the heavy machinery to scale up the clearance operation in the 'Jungle' camp in Calais.

The diggers move in to tear down the camp Credit: EBU


Children sleep without shelter after 'Jungle' demolished

Migrants sleeping without shelter after they were evacuated from the 'Jungle' refugee camp. Credit: Care 4 Calais

Refugee charity Care 4 Calais has released images of migrant children sleeping without shelter after an operation to demolish the "Jungle" refugee camp began on Monday.

Migrants are being moved on to reception centres across France. Credit: Care 4 Calais

Some 5,596 people have been evacuated from the camp, and plans are underway to move migrants on to resettlement centres across France.

Fires raged across the camp on Wednesday as French authorities demolished the site.

Children pictured queuing after being evacuated from the 'Jungle' refugee camp. Credit: Care 4 Calais

Charities warned that the fires destroyed safe spaces for children, meaning 40 unaccompanied minors were forced to sleep in a mosque.

Local police subsequently arrested four migrants in connection with starting the fires.

Arrivals after Calais demolition 'will not be resettled'

The camp being demolished at dawn Credit: Reuters

Migrants arriving at France's Calais "Jungle" since demolition of the camp will not be resettled by the local authorities, the government representative in Calais said.

A resettlement centre that has been sending migrants on to reception centres across France as part of the shutdown operation was now closed, Prefect Fabienne Buccio said.

"It is not Calais' role to receive all the migrants of Europe. We do not want to create a vacuum. We have asked (those newly arrived) migrants to disperse."

Earlier in the day, a group of about 100 migrants, mainly young people, were seen filing past a group of riot gear-clad police who have been overseeing the camp clearance since Monday.

French authorities to speed up demolition of 'Jungle' camp

Police look on as part of the camp goes up in flames. Credit: PA

French officials have said the rate of demolition at the Calais "Jungle" migrant camp will be scaled up today.

Larger machinery will move in after authorities declared the clearance of the camp complete, with 5,596 people evacuated since the operation began on Monday.

However, Save The Children said it was "extremely concerned" about minors who had not been registered as the site went up in flames.

Several large fires started tearing through caravans, tents and shelters in the centre of the camp a little before midday on Wednesday, the third day of the operation to clear it.

Calais 'Jungle' burns as charity warns of children's safety

  • ITV News correspondent Sally Lockwood reports

Fires burned throughout the day at the 'Jungle' in Calais as French officials said they had accomplished their mission to clear the camp of all migrants.

But a leading charity warned that there were many unaccompanied minors left at the camp.

Caroline Gregory from Calais Action told ITV News that these children had "no where safe to sleep tonight. It's not safe in here any longer."

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