The Jungle refugee camp, accommodating an estimated 12,000 inhabitants, is set to be demolished in the upcoming weeks, following repeated efforts to shut down the camp on part of the French government. The French president, François Hollande, has said that refugees living at the camp will be moved to 140 different “reception centres” dotted across the country, meaning 12,000 housing placements will need to be created to ensure every refugee is safely relocated. Recently, there has been mounting pressure and a rise in political tension between the UK and France as authorities dispute who is responsible for the destruction of the camp and the safety of its inhabitants.
The Jungle, which has been named and shamed for its horrific humanitarian conditions, has experienced ongoing heightened security, including a UK- funded wall to stop refugees reaching the ferry port and 24 hour armed police surrounding the A16 highway – Calais’s main road. However, France’s interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, has vowed that France will begin “gradually dismantling the refugee camp” and will press ahead “with the greatest determination,” according to regional newspaper Nord Littoral.