French city of Calais are removing about 800 imigrants.

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French city of Calais are removing about 800 imigrants.

Post by BBs » Wed May 28, 2014 9:07 am

Police in the northern French city of Calais are removing about 800 migrants from Asia, the Middle East and Africa who are occupying camps near the port.

The authorities say the evictions are needed to deal with an outbreak of scabies in the camps, where numbers have swelled in recent months.

The migrants have been trying to get to Britain, and say they have nowhere else to go after the camps are destroyed.

Police moved into the site after a deadline for people to leave expired.

Several busloads of police in riot gear arrived at the camps early on Wednesday.

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Bashir Bakhtyar

BBC News, Calais

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After a stand-off with local activists, the officers moved in and told migrants to pack their bags. Many seem resigned to moving on, the BBC's Paul Adams at the site says.

An Eritrean man said he had tried to cross the English Channel by boarding lorries but was stopped by police several times. "I will try again and again," he told the BBC.

Most people at the camps believe the UK will be a more welcoming place if only they can get there, our correspondent says.

In 2002 the French government closed the main Red Cross centre at Sangatte near Calais, but insanitary illegal camps have sprung up in its place.
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