Calais ‘Jungle’ – Unregistered Children Left in Limbo


Calais Jungle Camp Clearance

Many children were left with nowhere to go Thursday night as French riot police gathered outside a refugee camp in Calais.

The Jungle, as the camp was know, was closed down by officials and as a result the remaining migrants were to be resettle. However, aid workers mentopned that hundreds of unaccompanied children remained unregistered and face the possibility of sleeping outdoors for a second night in a row.

The situation for some children in Calais is more dangerous than ever and UNICEF has warned against human traffickers.

The British Red Cross urged the French authorities to ensure that no child spent another night outside.

Aid groups said they were told to bring the children, outside the camp entrance, where buses would come to take them to a registration site.


  • Inca Sorrell, of the NGO Help Refugees, told CNN that authorities had said children who were not registered by 2 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET) Thursday would face arrest.
  • Calais prefect Fabienne Buccio said Wednesday that their mission was accomplished and it was now time for the migrants to start a new chapter as they begin a new life.
  • It was still not clear Thursday afternoon what those unaccompanied children who had not been registered were supposed to do.

“Muhammad, a 16-year-old Egyptian migrant, told CNN he had slept rough because he wasn’t registered by the authorities, a process that would have allowed him to sleep inside shipping containers at the site.”

French immigration officials have been carrying out the registration process but aid workers have criticized a lack of organization, saying extremely long lines had prevented many children getting registered since the process began Monday.

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