“The Jungle” migrant camp in Calais, France has turned into a battlefield where police and refugees clash ahead of the camp’s closure Monday morning.
The Jungle is home to almost 7,000 migrants hoping to reach the United Kingdom. Authorities will start the process of demolishing the camp Monday, but the migrants have a hard time accepting the closure.
Tensions were running high Saturday night when migrants threw rocks and fireworks at riot police, who responded with tear gas.
CNN reports more than 1,000 officers were deployed to the camp Sunday to make sure the situation doesn’t escalate further.
“It’s very tense because people know that change is coming,” Sue Jex, the head of operations for the charity Care 4 Calais, told CNN. “There is a real acceptance that the camp is going [away].”
The migrants were informed they have three options when they leave The Jungle: They can either seek asylum in France, move to another European country or return to their home country. Around 60 busses will arrive Monday morning to ship away the refugees to other parts of France.
“The aim is to give everyone a roof over their heads and we will do everything we can to make that happen,” a French official told The Local.
The U.K. is currently constructing a wall along the freeway in Calais to prevent migrants from hijacking trucks heading for Britain.
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