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France to Evacuate Calais Migrant Camp
   2016-02-22 19:53:22    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guan Chao

A migrant walks on a embankment of earth surrounding the "jungle" migrants and refugee camp on February 19, 2016 in Calais, northern France. [Photo: CFP]

Undignified living conditions have prompted French authorities to evacuate a migrant camp in the city of Calais.

Thousands of migrants have converged at a camp in the northern French port city, in hope of crossing into Britain.

Head of the Pas-de-Calais region Xavier Bertrand says the living conditions have deteriorated at the camp, which locals call "the jungle".

"In the name of common decency and in the name of common good, many have said 'That's enough, we need to dismantle the jungle.' We will represent them and start with the southern part of the jungle."

Migrants will have until Tuesday to leave the area, while authorities will flatten parts of the camp on Wednesday.

The government has said the evacuation will be carried out progressively and with respect for individuals. Authorities said they would relocate 750 migrants to a state-run shelter made of converted shipping containers.

Around 4-thousand refugees and migrants live in the jungle and the state shelter. The number spiked to 6-thousand in September and is expected to rise again in the spring.

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