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French court rejects bid to delay Calais migrant camp closure

Published 18/10/2016

A young boy carries his belongings as families prepare to board a coach at the Jungle migrant camp in Calais, France
A young boy carries his belongings as families prepare to board a coach at the Jungle migrant camp in Calais, France

A French court has rejected a request by aid groups to delay the closure of the migrant camp in Calais.

French authorities are expected to clear out the 6,000 to 10,000 migrants from the camp, also known as the Jungle, in the coming weeks and then dismantle it by the start of winter.

The migrants are being relocated around France or deported.

Several aid groups filed an emergency request last week to postpone the closure, arguing that authorities are not ready to relocate its residents.

A Lille court has rejected the request, according to Pierre Henry, of aid group Terre d'Asile.

Charity groups warn that many of the migrants do not want to stay in France and may set up camp elsewhere to continue trying to cross the English Channel to Britain.

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