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Instead of moving into the containers, many migrants were on Thursday picking up their ramshackle tents and shelters and, with the help of activists, moving them deeper into the camp on the back of trucks, an AFP correspondent said.
The aim appeared to be to move their shacks closer together in order to complicate any efforts by the authorities to remove them by force.
We have decided to remain where we are and will peacefully resist the governments plans to destroy our homes.
. . . she didn't trust the French government enough to move into a camp run by them. "I would rather die."
The authorities had given residents until Thursday evening to leave the camp, but they will reportedly have a grace period until Monday.
originally posted by: Kester
a reply to: Peeple
The swapping donations for coc aine scam, for example, couldn't carry on easily in a respectable shipping container camp. .
Sikander Noristany, a 42-year-old representative of the Afghan community, said people were reluctant to leave behind the shops and cafes they have created in the camp and anxious about being asked to submit palm prints in order to move into the containers... "They say the new containers are better but there are no showers or kitchens," he told AFP... "The main thing people are worried about is the hand scanners... People worry (the hand prints) will be used to send them back here from England."
At the same time as this new container camp was due to open, the state announced plans to evict a large portion of the Jungle too, displacing 1500 people. Since then, the container camp has opened and people have slowly started moving in. The state intends to have it full by the end of the month. Those displaced from the eviction zone are not being given first preference in the closed camp.
Hundreds of migrants living in the Calais camp known as the "Jungle" are being asked to leave before bulldozers move in to clear tents away.
Residents say they will “peacefully resist” any attempt to move them as Eurotunnel officials deliberately flood area around tunnel to stop migrants trying to walk through
An ultimatum for migrants to leave a camp in Calais expired on Wednesday night as Eurotunnel officials deliberately flooded the area around the tunnel entrance to stop people trying to walk through or jump on trains.
French authorities have warned that they plan to bulldoze part of the notorious “Jungle” camp in Calais. They say they will destroy the tents or makeshift huts of an estimated 1,600 people, roughly a third of up to 5,000 migrants who are using the camp as a base while they attempt to cross the Channel and enter Britain.
The French government wants the evictees to move into converted shipping containers with heating, electricity and a high-tech entry code system.
Aid workers said officials were demanding that people be fingerprinted before moving into the containers and migrants were refusing. They fear that if they succeed in reaching Britain, officials would be able to access their fingerprints on a shared European data base and could then reject their asylum applications and send them back to France.
They are also concerned that if they move into the new facility, they will be forced to apply for asylum in France, according to the volunteer aid workers. The French government has denied that migrants will be compelled to do so but officials have been trying to persuade residents of the camps to go to centres elsewhere in the country and apply for asylum.
originally posted by: Kester
a reply to: Scouse100
Are you saying they're afraid of the truth so they're resisting? Are you saying lying as soon as they claim asylum in the UK is what's expected? What's wrong with identifying who you are and where you've been? Crimes to conceal?