Authorities begin to evict refugees from 'jungle' camp in Calais

The camp is said to be home to some 4,000 migrants

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A migrant rides his bicycle past riot police in a makeshift migrants camp near Calais, France | Image: Jerome Delay / AP/Press Association Images

French authorities have started to evict refugees from the so-called 'jungle' camp in Calais.

A judge has given the go-ahead to clear the southern part of the settlement, but the process was supposed to take several weeks.

However, charities say there is not enough alternative accommodation for refugees.

Authorities are offering 750 refugees spaces in shelters made from converted shipping containers equipped with bunk-beds and heaters

Many of the people living in the camp are trying to reach Britain.

Eight associations working in the camp, including Doctors of the World, have warned that the alternatives are not suitable.

They are "very far from answering the needs of the problems encountered,” the associations wrote in a protest letter to the French interior minister.

In total, the 'jungle' is home to some 4,000 migrants.

Clodagh Whelan is a volunteer with Care for Calais. She told Newstalk Lunchtime there is turmoil in the camp.

Alex Thomson is chief reporter for Channel 4 News.

He told Newstalk Breakfast earlier teams have the authority to tear down dwellings.