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Concerns over child refugees still in 'Calais Jungle'

By Jemma Crew

Published 27/10/2016

Migrants, police and media stand on a hill overlooking shelters burning in the makeshift camp
Migrants, police and media stand on a hill overlooking shelters burning in the makeshift camp

French government officials have declared the operation to clear the Calais 'Jungle' a success despite charities on the ground reporting that hundreds of child refugees had been left unregistered and with nowhere to go.

Pascal Brice, head of the Office for Refugees and Stateless People, said everybody leaving the squalid camp had been registered at the processing centre on the edge of the site.

He spoke as firefighters fought to tackle a series of fires blamed by officials on disgruntled refugees and migrants.

But charities working with the refugees immediately contradicted the official declaration, claiming the warehouse used to register camp dwellers had been closed before many unaccompanied children living in the Jungle had been processed and transported to alternative accommodation elsewhere in France.

And migrants and refugees could be seen still walking with their belongings towards the warehouse, while other groups sat waiting in the sun in the road leading to it.

Demolition is expected to be scaled up today with larger machinery moving in.

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