Migrants: towards Calais clearance, 'humanitarian operation'

Jude Law in the 'Jungle', 'urgent need for timely solution'

22 February, 15:59

    Calais migrant 'Jungle' camp Calais migrant 'Jungle' camp

    PARIS - What will take place by Wednesday morning in the southern portion of the so-called Calais migrant 'Jungle' will be a ''humanitarian' clearance: said French Minister of the Interior, Bernard Cazeneuve, interviewed by La Voix du Nord. On Friday several associations and Ngos lodged a plea at the Lille Tribunal to postpone the clearance.

    Yesterday British actor Jude Law - almost unrecognizable under a blue woolly hat - visited the 'Jungle' with other British artists.

    "We must find a solution, in particular for these kids - he said - We must say that the fact that so many people and so many unaccompanied children live in such dire circumstances so close to London and Paris is shocking. Two-thirds of this area will be cleared and we do not know what will be their fate''.

    The authorities said they would ensure that anyything would be done ''to avoid the use of force''. Migrants evacuated by Wednesday will be offered two solutions: transfer to a temporary reception-centre nearby inaugurated in January with a capacity to host 1,500 people inside pre-heated containers or transfer to other 102 reception centres in the rest of France.

    However, according to Secours Catholique the number of available places is not sufficient to host everybody.

    Associations reported that there are over 3,400 migrants who will be expelled from the Jungle but in nearby containers there is just place for 300. (ANSAmed).

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