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As 'Jungle' camp disappears, Calais ponders the future

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 01:02

Residents of the northern port city of Calais try to imagine a town without one of Europe's largest shanty towns in its shadow, as the demolition of the 'Jungle' migrant camp nears completion. Mana Rabiee reports.

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In the northern French port city of Calais, residents are wondering... Will anything change, now that a nearby shanty town of 6,000 migrants is close to being completely demolished? The ramshackle huts housed scores of migrants looking to cross the Channel to enter the U.K. It had a name -- the Jungle. In Calais' bars, many welcome the Jungle's closing but add it won't solve the local migrant problem for good. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CALAIS RESIDENT, PASCAL, SAYING: "We'll see how long it will last. I don't know, I think they'll come back. They're some who are already on the road, I think." France has set up some 450 reception centers to welcome migrants who used to live in the Jungle. For Calais residents, THEIR next concern is how to imagine a town WITHOUT one of Europe's largest shanty towns right in its shadow.

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As 'Jungle' camp disappears, Calais ponders the future

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 01:02