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    Migrants pass by a road sign as they leave the northern area of the camp called the Jungle in Calais, France, September 7, 2016

    Demolition Begins at Calais Refugee Camp in France

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    Demolition begins at the Calais refugee camp in France. Since Monday, French authorities have been actively relocating residents of the Calais shanty-town outside the northern port with some 2,300 camp dwellers being moved by buses to others parts of the country.

    The demolition of shelters has begun at the Calais refugee camp in northern France, the dismantling of which began on Monday, the Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders, or MSF) international humanitarian group said on Tuesday.

    ​On Monday, French authorities started to dismantle Calais camp, beginning with the relocation of migrants to other facilities across the country with some minors due to be sent to the United Kingdom. So far, about one third of Calais camp residents have been safely moved to other locations.

    According to the organization's website, a number of buildings of services sector, like stalls, restaurants and barbershops, have been dismantled, as well, but some of them are still operational as thousands of migrants are still in the camp.

    Since 2015, Calais has been the home to a large migrant camp – the so-called Jungle – notorious for its horrible living conditions. Thousands of migrants from the Middle East and North Africa are arrived to the Jungle, located not far from the Channel Tunnel, in hopes of reaching the United Kingdom.

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