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Up to 1,000 migrants and refugees are being kicked out of Jungle camp

Around 20% of those in the camp have until 8pm on Tuesday to leave.

A child on a tricycle pictured in the Jungle refugee camp earlier this month.
A child on a tricycle pictured in the Jungle refugee camp earlier this month.
Image: Devlin/PA Wire

AN EXPULSION ORDER has been issued for hundreds of residents of a migrant camp in France known as the Jungle.

This has been issued by the state authority, which has said that those who do not vacate their shack housing by 8pm on Tuesday will be forcibly removed.

These efforts aim to clear an area of the camp next to a motorway and, if successful, will see around 20% of its residents moved.

Many of those in the camps are refugees from Syria and Iraq.

Plans are in place to move residents of the camp to converted shipping containers, but this has been met with resistance.

Speaking to the BBC last month, one resident said that moving would require them to give fingerprints and apply for the asylum system in France.

The move has been underway since last month when police moved into the camp and sprayed pink paint on the ground to mark out its new borders.

Eight associations working in the camp have written to the French interior ministry saying that the alternative accommodation proposed is “very far” from solving the problem. 

In response, the country’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said that any clearance would go ahead “progressively”.

While a number of refugee camps have been in place in Calais over the past 15 years, the current one has been in place since around April 2015.

Many of those staying there attempt to cross over into the United Kingdom.

No time limit has been put on the clearance.

Contains reporting from Associated Press. 

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