Camp for child migrants from 'Jungle' full - aid groups

2016-10-26 20:11
A worker clears up the remains after tents were burnt in the Jungle camp near Calais. (Emilio Morenatti, AP)

A worker clears up the remains after tents were burnt in the Jungle camp near Calais. (Emilio Morenatti, AP)

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Calais - A special camp to accommodate child migrants from the "Jungle" settlement in Calais is full, leaving dozens of minors with nowhere to spend the night, aid groups warned on Wednesday.

As operations to demolish the squalid camp near the port in the northern French city wrapped up, there were fears many child residents would be forced to sleep out in the cold.

"The container camp where registered minors are sleeping is full," said Samuel Hanryon, spokesperson for the Doctors without Borders (MSF) aid group.

With much of the Jungle destroyed by fires on Wednesday, "there is simply nowhere for unregistered minors to go. They are wandering around, lost, wondering where they will spend the night", he said.

Head of the France Terre d'Asile charity Pierre Henry, whose organisation is tasked with the care of the under-aged migrants, confirmed the registration of minors had been interrupted.

"There is no more space in the container camp," Henry said.

A park of specially adapted shipping containers near the Jungle is being used to house upwards of 1 000 unaccompanied children, whose fate is in the hands of the French and British authorities.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said on Tuesday that all minors "with proven family links in Britain" would eventually be transferred there.

British Interior Minister Amber Rudd on Monday pledged to bring eligible children from France to Britain "as quickly and as safely as possible", without specifying numbers.

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