Fires burn overnight at Calais ‘Jungle’ as evacuation enters third day

Fires burn overnight at Calais ‘Jungle’ as evacuation enters third day

Several fires burned inside the Calais ‘Jungle’ Tuesday evening one day after French authorities began a major operation to relocate migrants and demolish the notorious shantytown. More than 30 fires had been contained by early morning Wednesday, though several dozen shacks continued to smoulder. A Syrian man was taken to hospital with injuries to his […]

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 […]

UK has ‘moral duty’ to take in more Calais migrant children, says French minister

UK has ‘moral duty’ to take in more Calais migrant children, says French minister

Paris demanded on Monday that Britain honour promises to take in migrant children from the notorious Jungle camp in the French port city of Calais, adding to pressure following accusations by the Red Cross that London is dragging its heels. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he would press the case at a lunchtime meeting in […]

Work on Calais wall to shut out migrants to start this month

Work on Calais wall to shut out migrants to start this month

Work on building a wall along the approach road to the French port of Calais to try to stop migrants from jumping aboard trucks bound for Britain will begin this month, British officials said Wednesday. UK Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill told lawmakers that security was being stepped up in Calais, home to the “Jungle” camp, […]

Truckers block main road to Calais to demand closure of ‘Jungle’

Truckers block main road to Calais to demand closure of ‘Jungle’

Truckers, dock workers, farmers and merchants are blocking a major highway in northern France to demand the closure of the Calais migrant camp known as the “jungle,” as its population surges and tensions rise. Local authorities are urging travelers to avoid the area in hopes of limiting disruption from the Monday morning blockade, aimed at […]

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 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 […]

French politicians warn Calais border could move to UK

French politicians warn Calais border could move to UK

The day after Britain voted to leave the EU, some French politicians began to re-examine the Touquet accord, which has allowed British border controls to take place in France. The Touquet accord, signed in 2003, reinforced French-British cooperation on immigration, moving the British border to cross-channel embarkation areas in France and Belgium, such as ferry […]

France bars aid convoy trying to reach desperate Calais refugees

France bars aid convoy trying to reach desperate Calais refugees

French authorities on Wednesday banned a massive aid convoy headed to Calais to help desperate migrants camped out in the northern port town, citing concerns over disruption to the “public order”. The 250-vehicle convoy was expected to reach Calais on Saturday after months of planning, according to organisers. As many as 5,000 refugees and migrants […]