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Monday, September 26, 2016

Calais Camp Will be Completely Dismantled: Says French President

President Francois Hollande visited Calais, the northern French port which is home to the sprawling "Jungle" migrant camp.

French President Francois Hollande says the disputable alternative vagrant camp known as "The Jungle" in Calais will be totally disassembled before the end of the year.

Amid a visit toward the northern city on Monday, Hollande said France will do a "full and last" disassembly of the camp, where a large number of uprooted individuals live in dirty conditions.

"Starting now and into the foreseeable future our destinations are clear - to ensure the security of the general population of Calais, keep up the open request and guarantee for the vagrants and exiles conditions are stately," Hollande said.

He said he was in Calais to tell the "edgy migrants" that they won't stay in the camp in light of the fact that "their place is not here."

He included that the legislature would "secure them as much as vital."

Welcome to 'The Jungle'

Hollande said there are no less than 7,000 transients living in the zone, as indicated by the most recent figures, which were discharged in August. As indicated by the Calais representative from the Ministry of the Interior, there are 900 unaccompanied minors living inside the camp when help association France Terre d'Asile (FTDA) last numbered.
Migrants walk past make-shift shops and shelters by the Jungle Books Cafe at the Jungle migrant camp in Calais, France.

French authorities have said they are creating up to 12,000 places in small centers across the country to cater for those removed from Calais. The capacity of each center will vary from 100 to 300 people.
Hollande said that migrants would not be allowed to return to Calais and resettle again: "We must have an ordered approach. If we wish to dismantle Calais it is to ensure no immigrants return."
He said security measures will be enforced to ensure there are "no more re-establishments of migrant camps or any form of refugee camps."

Calais: Major UK entry point

The camp is notorious for being a major transit point for migrants, who often hop onto the back of UK-bound cargo trucks in the hope of entering the country. Many in "The Jungle" are reluctant to register as refugees in France because their preferred destination is Britain.
Hollande also called on France's neighbor to support the clearance plan. "I also wish to repeat my determination in seeing the British authorities show their participation in what France is doing," he said.
He said that despite the UK taking a "sovereign decision" to free itself "from its obligations with regards to France" he still believed that the country was bound by its commitments to its neighbors and the EU.