Date
10 December 2016
A riot policemen patrols close to where some 1,500 migrant minors are being housed temporarily in converted shipping containers in Calais, France, on Nov. 1. Photo: Reuters
A riot policemen patrols close to where some 1,500 migrant minors are being housed temporarily in converted shipping containers in Calais, France, on Nov. 1. Photo: Reuters

France to begin moving migrant minors from Calais

French authorities will on Wednesday begin transferring about 1,500 unaccompanied migrant minors to reception centers across the country.

Reuters quoted officials as saying that the minors will be moved out of the camp in Calais where they have been housed temporarily in converted shipping containers.

Demolition teams finished tearing down unoccupied shacks and tents in the northern seaside town on Monday.

That came after thousands of migrants were evacuated from the “Jungle” camp where more than 6,000 people were living, most in the hope of making it across the Channel to Britain.

Tensions between London and Paris have mounted in recent days after French President Francois Hollande urged Britain to accept its share of responsibility for the minors.

Britain is obliged under EU rules to take in minors with verified family ties.

“The minors will be taken by bus to reception centers for minors across France throughout the day,” Stephane Duval, who heads a state-run shelter within the camp, told Reuters.

“There will be no departures to Britain for now. Their applications will be studied at a later stage.”

A second official, who declined to be identified, said the evacuation would take several days.

About 1,500 minors who will go to reception centers, where they will meet personnel from the British Home Office, another official said.

Hollande said on Monday that minors who do not leave for Britain will be taken care of by the French state.

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