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The Latest: Buses Start Moving Migrants out of French Camp

The Latest: Buses Start Moving Migrants out of French Camp

Monday, 24 October 2016 09:52 AM

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

French authorities have begun a complex operation to shut down a makeshift migrant camp in the port town of Calais known as "the jungle."

Closely watched by more than 1,200 police, the first of hundreds of buses transferred migrants on Monday from the camp to reception centers around France where people can apply for asylum.

The process is uprooting thousands of people who made treacherous journeys to escape wars, dictators or grinding poverty and dreamed of building new lives in Britain.

The camp will then be leveled in a weeklong operation. Hotels and even castles are among the hundreds of buildings officials have been converting to migrant housing.

Authorities say the camp holds nearly 6,500 migrants, down from more than 10,000. Aid groups say there are more than 8,300.

4:05 p.m.

Slovenia's prime minister says his country has been strengthening border controls — including beefing up metal fences — to prepare for a potential new wave of migration into Europe.

Miro Cerar says an increase in numbers of migrants trying to reach the European Union remains a "realistic possibility and we have to be ready for that scenario."

Cerar said Monday in Serbia migration could swell if an EU deal with Turkey falters or the 28-nation bloc fails to hammer out a united policy on the issue.

He insists: "Europe must remain open and humane for people fleeing grave human rights violations ... but we must also prevent illegal migration."

Countries on the migration route closed borders in March after over 1 million people came in 2015.

1:30 p.m.

Greek police say dozens of residents in an island camp for refugees and other migrants have set fire to part of the facility that handles asylum applications, during a protest over delays in the asylum process.

Nobody was injured in Monday's riot at the Moria camp on the eastern Aegean island of Lesbos, but three prefabricated cabins used as offices by asylum officials were severely damaged.

Police said about 70 migrants, mainly Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals, threw stones at the cabins and then set them on fire with burning blankets. Riot police detained 22 suspected rioters.

More than 60,000 refugees and other migrants hoping to move deeper into Europe are trapped in Greece following a series of Balkan border closures. Some 15,000 of these are on the eastern islands.

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The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local):4:15 p.m.French authorities have begun a complex operation to shut down a makeshift migrant camp in the port town of Calais known as "the jungle."Closely watched by more than 1,200 police, the first of...
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