Shutdown of ‘Jungle’ migrant camp underway in France, thousands remain inside

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Ethiopian migrants, members of the Oromo community, react as they leave the "Jungle" to be transfered to reception centers during the start of the dismantlement of the camp in Calais, France, October 24, 2016.  Photo by Pascal Rossignol/REUTERS

Ethiopian migrants, members of the Oromo community, react as they leave the “Jungle” to be transfered to reception centers during the start of the dismantlement of the camp in Calais, France, October 24, 2016. Photo by Pascal Rossignol/REUTERS

Thousands of migrants lined up before dawn Monday to board buses, as the French government began closing the Calais camp known as “the Jungle.”

At least 40 buses have left, transporting more than 1,600 migrants away from the camp, the BBC reported. Officials said they expect 2,500 people to be transferred from the camp Monday. But the 60 buses expected to leave today are not enough for all the migrants at the camp.

Before boarding the buses, migrants must give authorities their name, age and nationality before they are taken to centers across France where they can apply for asylum.

The process has largely been peaceful, but aid workers have criticized the lack of organization from French officials. Some migrants are confused about how to leave the camp, and the relocation of children away from “the Jungle” remains unfinished.

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. Photo by Pascal Rossignol/REUTERS

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. Photo by Pascal Rossignol/REUTERS

Some 200 children have left the camp heading toward resettlement in the U.K., but more than 1,000 unaccompanied minors still remain, based on estimates from Reuters and the BBC.

Sunday night, the camp saw fires and some migrants threw stones at riot police in protest of the camp closure. More than 1,200 police officers, some in full riot gear are at the camp, facilitating the move.

Bulldozers will begin razing the camp this week, though demolition of “the Jungle” does not guarantee that camps will not pop up elsewhere, aid workers warn.

Watch special correspondent Malcolm Brabant’s report on the Calais migrant camp from August 7, 2015.

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