Police move in on bulging Paris migrant camp

Police move in on bulging Paris migrant camp

  French police have begun a vast operation to check the “administrative status” of hundreds of migrants amassed in a makeshift camp in northeastern Paris, days after thousands of people were moved from a larger camp in Calais. Officers backed by riot police converged Monday morning on the streets around Stalingrad subway station, where an […]

British charities press France ahead of Calais camp closure

British charities press France ahead of Calais camp closure

British charities and lawmakers have urged French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to ensure the safety of children in the “Jungle” Calais migrant camp during its demolition set for Monday. The signatories said in a letter dated Friday they had “very serious worries concerning the security and well-being of unaccompanied minors and vulnerable adults”. Cazeneuve has […]

French court rejects bid to halt demolition of Calais ‘Jungle’ camp

French court rejects bid to halt demolition of Calais ‘Jungle’ camp

A group of French charities failed Tuesday in a last-ditch legal bid to block the razing of the so-called “Jungle” migrant camp in the northern town of Calais. A court in the nearby city of Lille rejected their appeal which claimed that dismantling the camp was “an attack on the fundamental rights” of the migrants […]

UN backs Calais ‘Jungle’ camp closure but raises child trafficking fears

UN backs Calais ‘Jungle’ camp closure but raises child trafficking fears

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday it welcomed plans to demolish a migrant camp in Calais in northern France, but expressed fears that children were at risk of trafficking if they were not supported during the transition. The ramshackle camp has become a symbol of Europe’s struggle to respond to an influx […]

Hollande says Calais ‘Jungle’ camp must be ‘completely dismantled’

Hollande says Calais ‘Jungle’ camp must be ‘completely dismantled’

French President François Hollande said on a visit to the northern port of Calais Monday that the sprawling “Jungle” camp there must be “completely dismantled”. Hollande, on his first visit to Calais as president, also called on Britain to “play its part” in resolving the migrant crisis. Most of the migrants in the camp, mainly […]

Calais ‘Jungle’ migrant camp to be ‘gradually dismantled’

Calais ‘Jungle’ migrant camp to be ‘gradually dismantled’

The “Jungle” camp in the northern French town of Calais, home to thousands of migrants hoping to reach Britain, will be dismantled in stages, the country’s interior minister pledged on Thursday. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told the Nord Littoral regional newspaper that he would press ahead with the closure “with the greatest determination”, gradually dismantling […]

French authorities report ‘spectacular’ rise in Calais migrant camp population

French authorities report ‘spectacular’ rise in Calais migrant camp population

Local authorities in the French port city of Calais on Friday said the number of migrants living in the infamous “Jungle” camp has seen a “spectacular” rise over the summer, increasing by 53 percent in just two months. At the middle of August, authorities counted more than 6,900 people in the camp – the highest […]

Australia bows to pressure to close offshore immigration camp

Australia bows to pressure to close offshore immigration camp

Australia agreed Wednesday to close a camp for asylum-seekers on Papua New Guinea, one of two controversial Pacific island centres attracting growing criticism, but said none of the hundreds of men there now would be resettled on its soil. Canberra’s policy of sending asylum-seekers who arrive by boat to outposts on Papua New Guinea and […]

French court rejects bid to close Calais ‘Jungle’ camp cafes

French court rejects bid to close Calais ‘Jungle’ camp cafes

A French court has rejected a bid to close the 72 cafes and shops in the makeshift migrant camp in Calais, but the local government says it will continue to monitor what it calls a dangerous underground economy. The Lille court on Friday turned down the demand of the local government (prefecture) of the Pas […]

Undecided voters see Brexit making them worse off

Undecided voters see Brexit making them worse off

 Britons who still haven’t decided how to vote in the EU referendum think they would be 71 pounds ($103) a year worse off if Britain quits, a survey said, suggesting the “Leave” camp faces a bigger challenge than the “Remain” side. Undecided voters, on average, estimated that households would be 181 pounds worse off per […]

Hillary Clinton’s mighty challenge: to unify her camp

Hillary Clinton’s mighty challenge: to unify her camp

WASHINGTON: On June 7, 2008 Hillary Clinton made way for Barack Obama to conquer the White House, conceding defeat after a fractious primary race, and throwing her full weight behind him. Eight years later, it is she who faces the arduous task of unifying her camp after a — sometimes bitter — battle with Bernie […]