France Is Going To Completely Close 'The Jungle' Migrant Camp

French President Francois Hollande has pledged to shut a squalid migrant camp in Calais

French President Francois Hollande on Saturday pledged to completely dismantle the shanty town in northern Calais where thousands of migrants are still camping, vowing to disperse them in centres across the country "over the coming weeks".

"From now on our objectives are clear: to guarantee the security of the people of Calais, maintain public order and ensure for the migrants and refugees conditions are dignified", he said.

Most people at the camp want to enter Britain, but the Government in London argues they need to seek asylum under European Union law in the country where they enter.

Reception centers will hold 40-50 people for up to four months while authorities study their cases.

Those who fit the asylum criteria are to be allowed to stay in France, while those who do not will be deported, the president said.

Moseley said while the centers provide viable, alternative living arrangements to those wishing to claim asylum in France, "many refugees in Calais have strong reasons for wanting to get to the United Kingdom and will simply return to Calais".

"We are in favor of the dismantling of Calais camp for humanitarian and responsibility reasons".

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal. On a visit to one of the new reception centres in the central city of Tours at the weekend, Mr Hollande declared that France would not be a "country of camps".

Plans to relocate the Calais migrants have sparked controversy and protests, with opposition from residents in parts of France earmarked for asylum centres.

The Calais mayor said that the number of those living in the facility could reach more than 9,000 while local aid groups put it at about 10,000.

British lawmaker Charlie Elphicke of the city of Dover, across the Channel, said Monday "the French Government needs to make sure it actually happens this time and that the people they remove are stopped from just moving back to Calais".

A member of the French Republican Party and the president of the Regional Council of Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, Laurent Wauquiez, even launched a petition against the move saying that it would amount to the creation of smaller "Jungle" camps all over France, Le Figaro reported.

Hollande also added that the Brexit vote has no effect on the bilateral agreement, which makes it possible for British immigration officers to check vehicles and passports in the Calais port.

Half of the Calais camp was dismantled in March but its population has since doubled. However, the British government has not confirmed the cost, the BBC noted.



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