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Libération, Feb. 23, 2016
"Calais: An Endless Jungle," writes French daily Libération on the front page of its Tuesday edition, as hundreds of migrants living in the so-called "Calais jungle" in northern France are facing an 8 p.m. deadline to move out.
The left-wing Paris daily describes the evacuation and scheduled dismantling of the southern half of the slum-like camp a "mirage" that will only "conceal the problem without resolving it."
An estimated 800 to 1,000 refugees — more than 3,000 according to humanitarian sources — currently live in the camp, hoping to cross the Channel and reach the United Kingdom.
With only a handful of places available in refitted shipping containers nearby, Libération fears that the evicted migrants will be forced to scatter, and will wind up in nearby refugee centers and shantytowns, only bound to return to Calais.