Migrants risking eviction from Calais camp

2016-02-24 18:04
A migrant child rides a bicycle in a Calais camp. (AP)

A migrant child rides a bicycle in a Calais camp. (AP)

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Calais - The clock is ticking for hundreds of migrants in the northern French port city of Calais waiting for a judge to decide whether to postpone an eviction order.

The Lille administrative court ruling on the question says that the decision could come on Thursday - two days after the deadline expired for the state-ordered mass evictions.

A group of humanitarian associations had asked that the state expulsion order for a large swath of the camp be postponed.

Authorities say the order concerns 800 to 1 000 migrants, but humanitarian groups put the count at more than 3 000.

Most of the migrants in the camp want to sneak to Britain by ferry or the Eurotunnel rail service.

Belgium, fearful of a flood of evicted migrants, announced a restoration of border controls Tuesday.

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