By Theodore Shoebat
The French government has just ordered for an entire refugee camp, filled with Muslims, to be destroyed and the Muslim refugees thrown out of the camp. According to a report:
A French court upheld a government plan to partially demolish hundreds of tents and wooden shelters housing migrants and refugees in the shanty town outside Calais known as the “Jungle.”
In announcing plans to close the Calais camp, authorities cited security and sanitation concerns and the increasingly tarnished image of Calais, a city of nearly 80,000 that takes pride in drawing tourists to its Opal Coast. At a hearing earlier this week, a lawyer for the Interior Ministry argued that policing the camp represented a drain on resources during the state of emergency imposed after the Paris terror attacks in November, the Guardian reported.
French authorities said they will increase daily efforts to move displaced migrants into a container camp set up last month in the northern sector of the “Jungle” and encourage them to go to temporary welcome centers where they can reconsider their plans and eventually apply for asylum in France, according to The Associated Press.
But critics say closing the camp would only exacerbate the crisis as the displaced people will be forced to to go back to sleeping in fields and smaller camps.
Refugee groups and charities had urged the court in Lille to suspend the threatened eviction until suitable accommodation was found for the camp’s residents. Josie Naughton, co-founder of the charity Help Refugees argued much more needed to be done on the ground.
“We didn’t ask for the camp to exist forever,” she told Newsweek. “We asked for a delay in destroying it until the residents are given an adequate other option.”
“Now that the refugees are going to be evicted, we need to know where the French authorities plan on putting them,” she continues. “I spent a lot of time in camp. These are people fleeing conflict. They want to remain in their home country, but they can’t.”