France to bulldoze shelters of refugees and asylum-seekers

Radio Free Europe reports that

The French government says it will close a wasteland district of Calais known as “the Jungle” this week. It is an area where hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers — many of them refugees from Afghanistan and Iraq — have set up makeshift shelters while waiting for a chance to stow away on trucks and ferries bound for Britain.

The British government has been pressuring France to do more to stop illegal migrants from trying to enter the United Kingdom, which is considered an end destination for many migrants. Residents of Calais also have called for action against the camps, claiming that migrants there are responsible for a growing local crime rate.

France’s immigration minister, Eric Besson, has suggested that illegal migrants could be put in detention centers and eventually sent back to their troubled countries. That warning has prompted many to leave their ramshackle shelters and go into hiding.

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