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Refugee Clearances: the end of the Jungle?

The eviction date for the Calais camp inhabitants has been confirmed for 17 October 2016.  One more chapter in the long history of refugee settlements in Northern France comes to its end, crushed by the policies of the UK and French governments.

The Jungle started its life in the wake of the destruction of the Sangatte camp. Opened in 1999 and administered by the Red Cross, Sangatte was closed in 2002 by the then French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy, under pressure from David Blunkett, UK’s interior minister. Continue reading Refugee Clearances: the end of the Jungle?