‘New Jungle’ camp near Dunkirk is evacuated by French police

French riot police marched in to break up a pathetic illegal camp containing 1,500 migrants trying to get into Britain.

Officials entered the Dunkirk camp called “The New Jungle” shortly after 7:00 am Tuesday after escorting around 1,500 men, women and children to waiting carriages.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin tweeted Tuesday that the police had sent to dismantle the camp on disused industrial land in the Grande-Synthe community.

Thirty police cars carrying officers from the French National Reserve Police were on the scene this morning as migrants packed their belongings and were taken away.

Migrants are being taken to nearby “centers” so that their asylum cases can be assessed and housed in sports halls and other public buildings, local media said. It is unclear how many are allowed to stay in Europe.

The French police have moved in to clear a huge migrant camp called New Jungle, which had built up in the Grande-Synthe community near Dunkirk

Around 1,500 migrants, most of whom were hoping to travel to the UK, have now been deported to asylum centers so that their claims can be assessed

French riot police moved in this morning to dismantle the camp. It was home to around 1,500 migrants hoping to reach the UK

French police watch as the makeshift camp in Grande-Synthe, Dunkirk, is evacuated on November 16

Migrants, including some families with young children, could be seen packing their few belongings when police surrounded the camp on the site of a former industrial complex in Grande-Synthe east of Dunkirk early Tuesday morning. Several buses were parked near the camp

This morning police are moving in to clear the makeshift warehouse on the site of a former industrial complex in Grande-Synthe, east of Dunkirk

Migrants walk past police cars today during the police evacuation of a camp occupied by homeless migrants in Grande-Synthe, northern France

Migrants were pictured in line for a bus near the run-down camp after it was cleared by riot police this morning

French police spent the morning cleaning up the camp, where at least 1,500 people had gathered to make it across the English Channel to the UK

Mr. Darmanin tweeted, “On my instructions, the police are continuing to evacuate the illegal migrant camp in Grande-Synthe this morning.

“Thanks to the mobilized police and gendarmes as well as the agents of the 59th Prefecture, who are taking care of their accommodation.”

The police operation came just hours after Mr Darmanin spoke with British counterpart Priti Patel about the migrant crossings in the Canal, which have hit record levels in recent days despite promises from both sides to reduce them to zero.

In a joint statement released after the phone call, stronger cooperation between the two countries was promised to make the canal’s migration route “impracticable”.

Masked officers in blue protective suits joined the riot police as they dismantled the wretched camp this morning

The migrants call the camp the New Jungle after the infamous barracks settlement in Calais was demolished by the French government a few years ago

French police today evacuated migrants from a makeshift camp near Dunkirk in northern France, where at least 1,500 people have gathered to make it across the English Channel to the UK

A migrant packs his things in a camp in Grande-Synthe while the police prepare to dismantle the wretched camp

Local authorities had warned of poor sanitation and overcrowding in the area, risks related to the rapidly approaching winter and increasing tensions between migrants and human traffickers, who often turn violent

A migrant stands in the makeshift camp this morning before his evacuation in Grande-Synthe, northern France

Riot officers joined officers in blue protective suits as they evacuated the makeshift camp near Dunkirk this morning

The operation aims to transfer migrants to “adapted facilities” where they will be informed of their rights, including the possibility of applying for asylum in France

Migrants, including some families with young children, could be seen packing their few belongings when police surrounded the camp on the site of a former industrial complex in Grande-Synthe east of Dunkirk early Tuesday morning. Several buses were parked near the camp

Aid group Utopia 56 said several evacuations were organized from camps in the area over the past month with no adequate response to care for the migrants

Local authorities warn of poor sanitation and overcrowding in the area, risks related to the rapidly approaching winter and increasing tensions between migrants and human traffickers who often turn violent

Hundreds of people, including families with young children, had to pack up their belongings when officers with protective shields surrounded the area early Tuesday morning

However, Mr Darmanin’s office insisted on Tuesday that the evacuation of the Dunkirk camp was not a direct result of that call and was planned in advance.

The government of Emmanuel Macron had accused Great Britain of treating France like a “punch ball” when 1,185 migrants crossed the English Channel last Thursday – and thus eclipsed the previous daily high of 853.

London has long accused Paris of not doing enough to stop crossings and threatened to withhold a £ 54m payment agreed earlier this year.

France has insisted that the money would allow them to reinforce coastal patrols and intercept crossings.

There have been allegations of French inaction under a “Brexit penal strategy” amid ongoing disputes over fishing rights and border regulations in Northern Ireland.

Relations between France and the UK are at their lowest level in decades due to a multitude of disagreements on issues ranging from migrants to fishing in the canal, as well as a submarine treaty with Australia.

Migrants have been gathering on the Grande-Synthe grounds at least since March this year, when the French police last evacuated the camp.

To prevent the migrants from returning, officials excavated wasteland on which they camped.

However, this only caused them to move to a nearby industrial site and the ruins of an old paper mill.

In September, migrants began to congregate in the new camp when only a few hundred of them lived there.

But the number tripled within a few weeks to about 1,500 when the police moved in.

Most of those who camped at the campsite 20 miles from Calais had hoped to reach Great Britain.

With hundreds more people arriving at the camp each day, it quickly turned into a garbage-strewn mess with ankle-deep mud that formed during the rain.

Riot police move in to evacuate 1,500 migrants from what is known as the new jungle near Dunkirk

Pictures show the gloomy conditions in the camp with rubbish scattered between an extensive network of tents

This was the scene before the riot police moved in to evacuate the camp near Dunkirk this morning

Riot police walk among belongings stacked in shopping carts in the makeshift migrant camp in Dunkirk

The police are pictured evacuating the Grande-Synthe camp back in March this year, when the number of migrants was in the low hundred rather than the thousands

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin ordered the dismantling of the camp on Tuesday, although his office insisted it was unrelated to Priti Patel’s request for further action

The closed factories around the warehouse offered little protection from the elements, even when the winter weather set in.

There weren’t enough toilets for the number of people living there who relied on local charities for food deliveries.

Some were Afghan migrants, among the first to arrive in Europe after the country’s near collapse when it fell back into the hands of the Taliban earlier this year.

Others made it to Europe by sneaking across the Polish-Belarusian border, where a crisis is unfolding that the EU accuses Alexander Lukashenko of engineering.

Thousands of people live huddled together in shabby tents at Camp Grande Synthe, with rubbish and debris scattered between them. It appears to be in an industrial facility, the environment of which offers migrants very little protection from the elements.

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