French authorities began the evacuation of a so-called, “Jungle” migrant camp Monday after a weekend of riots.
Thousands of migrants lined up Monday morning to board busses heading to new shelters across the country. The evacuation process will take several days and authorities hope the camp will be demolished by the end of the week.
“My dream is dead, the people you see here, they are broken,” Adil from Sudan told BBC. “We can’t believe it’s over.”
The Jungle — home to nearly 8,000 migrants hoping to gain entry to the United Kingdom — has become a symbol of Europe’s struggles to cooperate and control the refugee influx. Authorities decided to finally shut down the camp last week after a series of hijackings along the freeway.
Large riots took place over the weekend as refugees threw rocks and shot fireworks at police, who responded with teargas. More than 1,200 police officers were deployed to the scene and the standoff didn’t end until hours before the evacuation Monday morning.
Migrants and open-border activists started fires in a final attempt to stop the evacuation.
France is informing the refugees that they have three options for the future. They can either remain in France, try their luck in another European country or return to their home countries.
Around 200 children have permission to enter the United Kingdom.
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