Over a thousand French police have now started to clear the migrant camp at Calais, also known as the ‘Jungle,’ and the media have been broadcasting events live on Facebook.
The camp, which is right beside the port of Calais and is close to the Eurotunnel, started in 2002 and is home to over 8,000 migrants and refugees hoping to enter Britain in order to start a new life.
The population of the camp surged last year as more than a million migrants arrived in Europe from Syria. However, French authorities plan to begin demolishing the encampment on Tuesday.
Despite initial clashes with riot police at the weekend, Monday’s eviction has been peaceful so far. When the operation began this morning, mainstream media outlets streamed footage of the queuing migrants as they awaited transport out of the camp to one of 450 refugee centers across France.