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August 10, 2017

Teargas, cold, no toilets: plight of refugees in Calais revealed

As woods in northern France once again house hundreds of people, many report police aggression and sparse supplies

The woods around Calais and Dunkirk have once again become home to more than 1,000 refugees and migrants living in dire conditions without access to toilets, running water, showers or shelter.

Police regularly confiscate sleeping bags, bedding and possessions, and refugees complain that CS spray is often used during early morning raids on people sleeping. Reports of police harassment of refugees have risen as officials from both towns attempt, without success, to stop refugees from settling in the area.

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September 24, 2016

New fears for 1,000 lone children in Calais refugee camp

French authorities hope Britain will honour pledges and rescue minors when the bulldozers move in

Up to 1,000 unaccompanied minors will be left to fend for themselves when the so-called jungle camp for refugees in Calais is bulldozed next month. The French authorities have made no plans to rehouse the children, the Observer has learned, because it is hoping to force Britain to honour a promise to help child refugees.

The French interior ministry has informed charities and aid organisations that it intends to destroy the camp in less than four weeks. [...]

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February 29, 2016

Clashes as French authorities pull down homes in Calais ‘Jungle’ camp

Police fire teargas at migrants who threw stones, and shelters set on fire, after authorities dismantle dozens of makeshift shacks in refugee camp

Clashes have broken out in Calais between migrants and riot police after authorities began to dismantle parts of the sprawling refugee camp known as the Jungle.

A British refugee aid group said it believed the homes of up to 200 people of the approximately 3,500 living in the camp had been demolished so far, and that a number of other makeshift shelters were burning.

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