What happened to the young people evacuated from the Calais refugee camp?

What happened to the young people evacuated from the Calais refugee camp?

The refugee camp in Calais, France, before it was completely demolished. Cover credit: Wikimedia

The refugee camp in Calais, France, before it was completely demolished. Cover credit: Wikimedia

Hundreds have left the Calais refugee and migrant camp, also known as The Jungle, and headed toward other places to stay, in France and abroad.

Residents of the camp were forced to leave after the French government decided to dismantle the place, which started last month and has just ended.

Some families left Calais with their destination unknown. But the Socialist government offered to relocate the camp's residents to 450 centers across France.

Now, reports say many are temporarily settled in different places in France. At least 100 refugees are arriving in Paris, the French capital, daily.

Others have left the country to find refuge abroad. 

Young people, in particular, were in limbo. "The fate of about 1,300 unaccompanied child migrants remained uncertain," Reuters reported.

 But one British county is now doing something about it. 

Staffordshire, in the West Midlands of England, is now welcoming many young refugees after the county council vowed to support the most vulnerable of them.

The first young former Jungle inhabitant to arrive in Staffordshire was "a 17-year-old boy from Sudan who is believed to have been the victim of trafficking," Staffordshire Newsletter reported.

More children are set to arrive in the region every week for the next two weeks. Local authorities, like the Staffordshire county council, will be looking after them.

Already, 84 unaccompanied young asylum seekers are in the council's care.

"Staffordshire has a proud history of helping those most in need," the council's leader, Philip Atkins, said, "and as well as accepting 50 Syrian refugees to the county this year and caring for 84 young asylum seekers in our care, we have extended our offer of help to the children arriving from the Calais camps."

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