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Demolition Begins at 'The Jungle' as France Clears Camp
France began clearing the sprawling migrant camp Monday where thousands had gathered in hopes of reaching Britain.
Protesting migrants stand around a fire at the makeshift camp "The Jungle" in Calais, France, on Tuesday evening, Oct. 25.
Authorities are emptying the camp, a symbol of Europe's migrant crisis, of an estimated 6,300 people who have been living there, down from a height of 10,000 this summer.
As dusk gathered some migrants burned abandoned tents, but there was no repeat of the minor skirmishes with security forces seen over the weekend.
A police officer stands guard after migrants burned down a shelter as authorities moved in to clear the camp on Tuesday.
To discourage migrants from congregating in Calais and trying to board a ferry or truck to Britain, authorities last year destroyed half the camp in a haphazard and sometimes violent way that drew criticism from human rights groups.
Migrants look over the camp during its dismantlement on Tuesday.
The ramshackle camp in the sand dunes of northern France is home to migrants from Afghanistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Syria and elsewhere. After often harrowing journeys across land and treacherous seas, paying smugglers along the way, most reach a dead end in Calais, unable to find a way across the English Channel.
Police officers look on as migrants line up Monday to register at the camp.
Migrants stand by a burning chemical portable toilet as they clash with French riot police at the Jungle migrant camp late on Sunday, Oct. 23 in Calais, France.
France began clearing the sprawling "Jungle" migrant camp on Monday as hundreds gave up on their dreams of reaching Britain, a tantalizingly short sea crossing away.
Following sporadic outbreaks of unrest overnight, the migrants chose instead with calm resignation to be relocated in France while their asylum requests are considered.