Both sides claimed victory in a standoff over the fate of one Europe’s most emblematic migrant camps after a French judge delivered a mixed ruling Thursday on whether the sprawling, muddy encampment can continue to exist.
The camp east of the port city of Calais is home to at least 1,000 migrants. The French government wants it leveled, and announced plans to do so last week. The judge gave the government permission to relocate some of the residents. But the court ordered that the camp’s “living spaces” — shops, restaurants, schools, churches and mosques — be preserved, lawyers for the migrants said. That means the camp, known to its denizens as the Jungle, will not be dismantled immediately, and the migrants will not be expelled right away, the lawyers said.
The Calais camp has come to symbolize much of Europe’s ambiguous response to the refugee crisis.
New York Times