Photos: Thousands evacuated from ‘Jungle’ migrant camp in France

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The shadow of a migrant falls on a sign with the population of "The Jungle" at the end of the first day of the evacuation and transfer to reception centers of migrants who were living in tents and makeshift shelters in Calais, France, October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol - RTX2Q9YE

The shadow of a migrant falls on a sign with the population of “The Jungle” at the end of the first day of the evacuation and transfer to reception centers of migrants who were living in tents and makeshift shelters in Calais, France, October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

French authorities transferred 1,918 people voluntarily out of the makeshift migrant camp known as “the Jungle,” the U.N. Human Rights Council said on the first day of the mass evacuation.

The number of people processed Monday fell short of their goal of 3,000 in the week-long operation to dismantle the camp, the Associated Press reported.

Located 43 miles from Calais in northern France, the camp houses as many as 8,300 migrants, including at least 1,200 unaccompanied minors. The migrants, many who hoped to cross the English Channel into the UK, hail from Afghanistan, Sudan, Syria, among other countries.

“The informal camp for refugees and migrants in Calais known as ‘the Jungle’ is not an environment fit for human habitation,” William Spindler of UNHRC said of the camp’s closure.

More than 1,200 police have been dispatched to monitor the evacuation, which relocated the migrants to centers across France where they can apply for asylum.

Migrants started forming the camp as early as 18 months ago. The basic needs of the camp, which didn’t receive help from the state, were met by aid groups and volunteers.

French President Francois Hollande, who is up for re-election next year, is hoping to seal the France-U.K. border and rebut his conservative rivals’ claim that he has mishandled the country’s response to Europe’s migrant crisis.

Hollande has promised police forces will remain at the camp until it is dismantled.

Migrants stand next to tents and makeshift shelters on the second day of their evacuation and transfer to reception centers in France, during the dismantlement of the camp called the "Jungle" in Calais, France, October 25, 2016.    REUTERS/Neil Hall  - RTX2QBQJ

Migrants stand next to tents and makeshift shelters on the second day of their evacuation and transfer to reception centers in France, during the dismantlement of the camp called the “Jungle” in Calais, France, October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

An aerial view shows white containters, tents and makeshift shelters on the eve of the evacuation and dismantlement of the camp called the "Jungle" in Calais, France, October 23, 2016.    REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX2Q2BW

An aerial view shows white containters, tents and makeshift shelters on the eve of the evacuation and dismantlement of the camp called the “Jungle” in Calais, France, October 23, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

A French policeman posts the official document that announces the dismantling of the makeshift camp called the "Jungle",  as a migrant walks past in Calais, France, October 21, 2016.   REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol - RTX2PWOJ

A French policeman posts the official document that announces the dismantling of the makeshift camp called the “Jungle”, as a migrant walks past in Calais, France, October 21, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Sparks fly from a fire as migrants sit near for warmth at the end of the first day of the evacuation and transfer to reception centers of migrants living in the "Jungle" in Calais, France, October 24, 2016.  REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2Q9XZ

Sparks fly from a fire as migrants sit near for warmth at the end of the first day of the evacuation and transfer to reception centers of migrants living in the “Jungle” in Calais, France, October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Migrants with their belongings queue as their evacuation and transfer to reception centers in France, and the dismantlement of the camp called the "Jungle" in Calais, France, starts October 24, 2016.       REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX2Q5GO

Migrants with their belongings queue as their evacuation and transfer to reception centers in France, and the dismantlement of the camp called the “Jungle” in Calais, France, starts October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

A coloured bracelet is placed on the wrist of a migrant on the second day of their evacuation and transfer to reception centers in France, during the dismantlement of the camp called the "Jungle" in Calais, France, October 25, 2016.  REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer  - RTX2QB0Y

A coloured bracelet is placed on the wrist of a migrant on the second day of their evacuation and transfer to reception centers in France, during the dismantlement of the camp called the “Jungle” in Calais, France, October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

French police stand near as migrants wait in front of a processing centre to be registered on the second day of their evacuation and transfer to reception centers in France, during the dismantlement of the camp called the "Jungle" in Calais, France, October 25, 2016.    REUTERS/Neil Hall - RTX2QBRM

French police stand near as migrants wait in front of a processing centre to be registered on the second day of their evacuation and transfer to reception centers in France, during the dismantlement of the camp called the “Jungle” in Calais, France, October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

An migrant walks on a ridge towards a double rainbow that appears over the makeshift camp called the "Jungle" in Calais, France, October 22, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol  - RTX2PZRF

An migrant walks on a ridge towards a double rainbow that appears over the makeshift camp called the “Jungle” in Calais, France, October 22, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Migrants with their belongings walk past tents at the start of their evacuation and transfer to reception centers in France, and the dismantlement of the camp called the "Jungle" in Calais, France, October 24, 2016.     REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol    - RTX2Q5PK

Migrants with their belongings walk past tents at the start of their evacuation and transfer to reception centers in France, and the dismantlement of the camp called the “Jungle” in Calais, France, October 24, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

A migrant carries his belongings on the second day of their evacuation and transfer to reception centers in France, during the dismantlement of the camp called the "Jungle" in Calais, France, October 25, 2016.    REUTERS/Neil Hall TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX2QBT1

A migrant carries his belongings on the second day of their evacuation and transfer to reception centers in France, during the dismantlement of the camp called the “Jungle” in Calais, France, October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Workmen remove debris as they tear down makeshift shelters on the second day the evacuation of migrants and their transfer to reception centers in France, as part of the dismantlement of the camp called the "Jungle" in Calais, France, October 25, 2016.      REUTERS/Neil Hall   - RTX2QD3H

Workmen remove debris as they tear down makeshift shelters on the second day the evacuation of migrants and their transfer to reception centers in France, as part of the dismantlement of the camp called the “Jungle” in Calais, France, October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

A migrant walks past a burning makeshift shelter set ablaze in protest against the dismantlement of the camp for migrants called the "Jungle" in Calais on the second day of their evacuation and transfer to reception centers, France, October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol - RTX2QD6C

A migrant walks past a burning makeshift shelter set ablaze in protest against the dismantlement of the camp for migrants called the “Jungle” in Calais on the second day of their evacuation and transfer to reception centers, France, October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Migrants are seen in silhouette as they gather near flames from a burning makeshift shelter on the second day of the evacuation of migrants and their transfer to reception centers in France, as part of the dismantlement of the camp called the "Jungle" in Calais, France, October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Migrants are seen in silhouette as they gather near flames from a burning makeshift shelter on the second day of the evacuation of migrants and their transfer to reception centers in France, as part of the dismantlement of the camp called the “Jungle” in Calais, France, October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

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