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Calais migrants say goodbye to the "Jungle"

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 01:06

A handful of migrant families who have been living in the Calais ''Jungle'' camp, depart on buses for reception centres in France, ahead of the camp's dismantling by the French government. Nathan Frandino reports.

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In the Calais migrant camp known as the Jungle, they're packing their bags. With the French government set to dismantle the camp, many residents are preparing to resettle in reception centers across France. Nasir, a migrant from Afghanistan, says he and his family didn't want to wait for the bulldozers to move in. (SOUNDBITE) (English) 23-YEAR-OLD AFGHAN MIGRANT, NASIR, WHO IS LEAVING CALAIS, SAYING (FACE NOT SHOWN AS HE DID NOT WANT TO DISCLOSE HIS IDENTITY): "We are just in a bad situation, we want just a life, nothing more." The jungle has become a dark symbol of Europe's struggle to respond to the migrant crisis. It's a place Nasir says he's happy to leave behind. (SOUNDBITE) (English) 23-YEAR-OLD AFGHAN MIGRANT, NASIR, WHO IS LEAVING CALAIS, SAYING (FACE NOT SHOWN AS HE DID NOT WANT TO DISCLOSE HIS IDENTITY): "There is nothing, there is just jungle, and jungle is for animals." The government plans to relocate migrants in small groups around the country. It's the government's solution for now... though no one knows how well it will work or how long it will last.

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Calais migrants say goodbye to the "Jungle"

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 01:06