The first migrants moved into the multi-million pound camp in Calais yesterday
The first migrants moved into the multi-million pound camp in Calais yesterday as the temporary huts and tents in the squalid Jungle were turned into a permanent refugee centre.
British MPs think the more comfortable conditions will encourage more migrants to aim for Calais and make their bids for Britain.
Others fear it could be the next Sangatte – a Red Cross centre in Calais which opened in 1999 but had to be closed down three years later because it became a base for trafficking gangs.
The Sangatte camp was originally designed to house a few hundred refugees from Kosovo but the numbers eventually swelled past 2,000.
The camp includes 130 metal shipping containers which have been converted into heated homes for up to 12 people each, complete with washing facilities and power sockets.
Access to the enclosed hi-tech camp will be controlled through palm readers in a bid to fight human trafficking.
Those known to be sick or with children will be given priority to be housed.
The camp includes 130 metal shipping containers which have been converted into heated homes
Streets in the Jungle have mocked David Cameron
Tory MP Tim Loughton, a member of the Commons home affairs select committee, said the new facility was a "really unhelpful move by France on all fronts" and could see the number of migrants swell to over the current 6,000.
He added: "If they are genuine about looking after refugees, then it needs to be at their point of entry rather than as a jumping-off point for the UK, where they have no right of abode.”
Fabienne Buccio, Prefect of the Pas de Calais, said the new camp was a "dignified solution" to the squalid state of the run-down illegal camp made up of wooden huts and tents.
Any migrant not provided with a bed will be asked to leave Calais to move to centres in the rest of France, a spokesman for the Pas-de-Calais department said.
But Mrs Buccio could not guarantee the camp would not be turned into the next Sangatte.
Access to the enclosed hi-tech camp will be controlled through palm readers
Attempts are being made to set up a £1m camp in nearby Dunkirk that will cater for a further 3,000 people.