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jueves, 3 de noviembre de 2016

Calais: The camp can be closed for good after the last 291 women and children were transferred to family centres

The end of the Jungle: Pictures show how camp looks now it has closed as women and children are last to leave while Calais mayor says 'Never again' 

  • The camp can be closed for good after the last 291 women and children were transferred to family centres 
  • Nearly 7,000 people were relocated by authorities in the space of 11 days
  • The controversial camp, which was home to refugees hoping to move to Britain, was demolished last week
  • Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart said a 'painful page in history has been turned' 
Some 291 women and children transferred to family centres around France so the government can close the camp for good.
The departure of the women and their children, who had been housed in a centre at the edge of the camp near the port city of Calais, completed a mass, state-run relocation of nearly 7,000 people in 11 days.
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Before and after: The camp was estimated to be home to more than 7,000 people earlier this year, but has not been dismantled
The now-empty women's centre, set up by the state, was the anchor of the slum that mushroomed over 18 months as many thousands of migrants trying to get to Britain took refuge there.
The camp, known as the Jungle because of its dire living conditions, was demolished last week.
The women and children were bused to processing centres where they will be able to seek asylum in France or Britain, regional administration spokesman Steve Barbet said.
The camp was demolished last week, and today the last 291 residents were relocated to family centres across France
The camp was demolished last week, and today the last 291 residents were relocated to family centres across France
Back in August, thousands of people were living in the sprawling camp, which housed those hoping to move to Britain
Back in August, thousands of people were living in the sprawling camp, which housed those hoping to move to Britain
The sprawling refugee camp was home to more than 7,000 people fleeing fighting and poverty in the Middle East and Africa in the summer
The sprawling refugee camp was home to more than 7,000 people fleeing fighting and poverty in the Middle East and Africa in the summer

The camp's other residents, most of them men, were sent to similar centres last week - while 1,616 unaccompanied children who had been housed in heated containers were moved to special reception centres on Wednesday.
Migrants fleeing fighting and poverty in the Middle East and Africa converged on Calais while trying to sneak into Britain by hiding out in freight trucks.
'A painful page of history has been turned, which we do not want to revive,' Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart said.
The mayor of Calais said people in the camp, as well as those in the surrounding area, have lived 'hell on Earth'
The mayor of Calais said people in the camp, as well as those in the surrounding area, have lived 'hell on Earth'
The last people living in The Jungle camp have been moved to centres across France by authorities after the controversial landmark was razed to the ground
The last people living in The Jungle camp have been moved to centres across France by authorities after the controversial landmark was razed to the ground
Ms Bouchart had long pressed the French state to get rid of the camp, saying it was tarnishing the city's image, hurting its economy and fanning tensions among Calais residents.
'Never again. Never again, and I choose my words with care when I say this, because we all have lived hell on Earth, migrants as well as Calais inhabitants,' she said. 
With the huge relocation finally complete, a charity boss has warned that children moved to temporary accommodation  are at serious risk of going missing before their asylum claims are processed.
Bulldozers have been used to tear down the controversial camp, which was home to thousands of refugees close to the Port of Calais
Bulldozers have been used to tear down the controversial camp, which was home to thousands of refugees close to the Port of Calais
The last migrants living in the Jungle camp have moved out, in an operation which has seen nearly 7,000 people relocated in the space of 11 days
The last migrants living in the Jungle camp have moved out, in an operation which has seen nearly 7,000 people relocated in the space of 11 days
Unaccompanied minors eligible for transfer to the UK could flee in frustration over a lack of information about how and when they will be able to apply for asylum, Save the Children said.
The charity's government relations adviser Dorothy Sang said: 'We are really pleased that our children are out of danger and are now are in proper, safe accommodation.
'What we are concerned about now is they will still pose a flight risk.
'Efforts need to be concentrated on providing these children with enough information about what the process is and what will be happening to them next.' 
The site known as The Jungle stands empty now, having previously housed thousands of migrants
The site known as The Jungle stands empty now, having previously housed thousands of migrants
Members of the demolition crew tear down the Orthodox church inside the Jungle migrant camp in Calais
Members of the demolition crew tear down the Orthodox church inside the Jungle migrant camp in Calais



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