Calais refugees head back to camp as officials try to shut down the ‘jungle’

Thousands of asylum seekers have been loaded onto buses outside the migrant camp known as the ‘jungle’ as French officials move to shut down the makeshift community for good.
Everyone on buses has been driven to asylum centres around France, but some migrants grew so fed up of waiting to get on coaches, that hundreds are reported to have turned tail and headed back to camp.
Agency officials are warning that some migrants could refuse to be relocated, although there were only a small number of minor incidents reported by police.
However, hundreds of migrants grew so frustrated at huge queues for buses, they decided the best course of action was to head back to the camp they had made their home.
The clearance of the jungle is a huge three-day operation which aims to totally clear the massive shanty town which has sprung up beside the Calais port, quickly becoming an enduring symbol of Europe’s failure to reach a solution to the migrant crisis.
Somewhere between 6,000 and 10,000 people are said to have lived in the camp.
Around 60 buses were found to take an estimated 3,000 people so far to various asylum centres.
The plan is that 45 buses will arrive to take 2,500 away before another 40 coach loads are removed from the jungle on Wednesday.
Police have come under fire from migrants hurling rocks and starting fires to protest the closure of the camp, while officials in France are also reporting that there is a group of British campaigners involved in trying to stop the operation.
Officials report that they already have 12,000 homes for migrants from Calais lined up around the country, but aid workers are warning that population figures for the jungle could have been underestimated.
Many of those leaving the camp said they didn’t know where they were being taken, but they wanted to get to England to start a new life.
Officials, charity workers and volunteers moved across the jungle talking to migrants and passing out leaflets about the demolition of the camp to try to ensure those affected understood what was about to happen. But many were finding it hard to give up what has been their home for some time.
Didier Leschi, head of the French immigration office OFII, said: “We have yet to convince some people to accept accommodation and give up their dream of Britain. That’s the hardest part.”