Thursday, September 17, 2009

Calais Refugee Camp Set to Close Before End of Next Week

France to close migrant 'jungle'
By Emma-Jane Kirby BBC News, Paris

"France has said it intends to close the camp in Calais known as "the jungle", where migrants gather to try to reach the UK...
Some 1,500 migrants are now living in insanitary settlements in Calais and neighbouring areas, hoping to cross to Britain.
The [Immigration Minister Eric Besson] promised that the operation would be carried out humanely and that each illegal immigrant would be offered the chance to apply for asylum or to return voluntarily to their country of origin.
Many of the migrants come from Iraq and Afghanistan.
The minister insisted they would not be forcibly returned."
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