Calais migrants to BLOCK French bid to raze Jungle camp over fear it will affect UK asylum

The Jungle campAFP/REUTERS

Calais migrants will resist attempts to raze the Jungle camp

France has given 1,500 migrants living in the squalid shanty town two days to pack their belongings and move into new Government accommodation next door before it brings in the bulldozers.

But the crime-ridden camp's inhabitants have today insisted they will resist the order, because they think moving into the new installation could affect their chances of reaching the UK.

They will refuse to leave their tents in the mud-filled camp because they believe French officials will 'force' them to claim asylum in France once the bulldozers have moved in.

Migrants have also dismissed the £20million Government-built facility, which is comprised of shipping containers converted into homes with lighting and heat, complaining that it looks like "a prison".

New shipping containers at the Jungle campREUTERS

Migrants have moaned that the new installation looks like a 'prison'

French police at the Jungle campREUTERS

The refusal raises the possibility of yet another battle between migrants and French police

French officials put the finishing touches to the migrants' new accommodationEPA

French officials put the finishing touches to the migrants' new accommodation

In a defiant statement so-called community leaders in the camp – which is believed to be run by gangs of criminal people smugglers – said: "We, the united people of the Jungle, Calais, respectfully decline the demands of the French government with regards to reducing the size of the jungle.

"We have decided to remain where we are and will peacefully resist the government’s plans to destroy our homes.

"We plead with the French authorities and the international communities that you understand our situation and respect our fundamental human rights."

Tonight French police have insisted that the migrants will have to move, issuing them with eviction orders requiring them to vacate their makeshift tents by Thursday.

A man looks out of his shop at the Jungle camp, which has ballooned in sizeAFP

A man looks out of his shop at the Jungle camp, which has ballooned in size

A sign reading 'David Cameron Street' at the JungleAFP

Migrants have even named one street at the Jungle after David Cameron

The first family are escorted to their new home in a shipping containerAP

The first family are escorted to their new home in a shipping container

We, the united people of the Jungle, Calais, respectfully decline the demands of the French government

Jungle 'community leaders'

And they insisted they will go ahead with plans to raze a third of the infamous Jungle camp to the ground, moving on up to 2,000 of its 7,000 residents.

Conditions at the new facility next door are vastly superior, with the metal transport containers coming complete with power sockets, heated towel rails, toilets and washing facilities.

But charity workers revealed how ungrateful migrants have moaned that it "looks like a detention centre" and are refusing to move.

Aid volunteers are complained that the French authorities have given them just 72 hours to help thousands of migrants pack their belongings and leave their tent homes.

British charity HelpRefugees UK wrote on Facebook: "Our Calais teams have just found out we have only three days (including Monday) to move and relocate approximately 2,000 refugees, including over 300 women and 60 kids.

"The French government will bulldoze a significant section, nearly one third, of the entire Calais camp, a much larger area than we had been previously told about."

In a separate development, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) revealed it is building a new refugee shelter at Dunkirk, where 2,500 Britain-bound migrants are living in even more wretched conditions.

Vicky Hawkins, the director of MSF UK, said: “We’ll bring it up to an acceptable humanitarian standard – which Dunkirk is very far from. Since the rain has started it’s become completely waterlogged – it’s a mudbath with very unpleasant living conditions. People are exposed to elements, camped in the mud, and the sanitation is inadequate.

“The whole thing is way below what you’d expect for 2016 for 2,500 people. People are living in completely unacceptable circumstances, and there is a real risk people will go to sleep and not wake up because it’s so cold.”

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