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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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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."

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