Wednesday 21 February 2018

Hollande: No more migrants allowed at Calais camp

The remains of the makeshift migrant camp known as
The remains of the makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France (AP)

French president Francois Hollande has said migrants will not be allowed to resettle at a dismantled camp in Calais which had become a vast, lawless slum.

Authorities cleared the last of the camp's makeshift shelters on Monday night after evacuating 5,000 migrants to temporary housing around France.

In an interview in La Voix du Nord newspaper, Mr Hollande is quoted as saying: "I promise (Calais residents) that there will not be a new settlement."

He said more than 1,000 under-age migrants now housed in containers in Calais will move within days to "dedicated centres" where British authorities can study their cases.

Mr Hollande urged Britain to "do its share" to take in child migrants.

Migrants fleeing fighting and poverty in the Middle East and Africa had converged on Calais in the hope of reaching Britain.

Press Association

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