France: 'Jungle' population breaks 7000 despite evictions

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The number of refugees in France's Calais Jungle camp has topped 7000 for the first time, despite eviction attempts by the French authorities, solidarity groups said on July 21.

Morning Star Online reported that a census carried out by Help Refugees and L'Auberge des Migrants showed there were now 7307 people living in terrible conditions there.

That was up 15% on the previous month — or 50 per day. There are now 761 minors in the camp, of whom 608 — four in five — are unaccompanied by an adult.

The number of refugees in France's Calais Jungle camp has topped 7000 for the first time, despite eviction attempts by the French authorities, solidarity groups said on July 21.

Morning Star Online said on July 22 that a census carried out by Help Refugees and L'Auberge des Migrants showed there were now 7307 people living in terrible conditions there.

That was up 15% on the previous month — or 50 per day. There are now 761 minors in the camp, of whom 608 — four in five — are unaccompanied by an adult.

Calais Mayor Natacha Bouchart recently threatened a fresh eviction “as soon as possible”. Help Refugees co-founder Josie Naughton said it would be “truly terrible news” if the camp was demolished without adequate accommodation being offered to all residents.

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