France’s infamous “Jungle” migrant camp in Calais would be dismantled from October 25 onward even as several hundred more inhabitants queue up for temporary housing across the country.
This demolition will affect more than 2,300 camp dwellers, majority of whom have already left the filthy shanty town.
The move has left French officials celebrating the peaceful start of the operation as they faced a sporadic weekend with the skirmishes.
According to a french interior ministry spokesman, the demolition operation would start by hand and bulldozers would not be rolled in immediately so as to minimise any tension that can arise.
The step has though left many migrants heartbroken as for them the ‘Jungle’ provided closure after fleeing war and poverty in their country and this would mark an end of a dream for them to reach Britain.
“We know the Jungle is over, we will see if we can get on a bus today, but we want a good city, like one near Paris. If we can’t go there we will come back to the Jungle.” – Aarash, 21-year-old Afghan migrant