Calais migrants: Sense of anger in new host town

The city of Charleville-Mezieres is one of the communities chosen by the French government to take in the migrants and refugees displaced by the closure of the Calais jungle. But there’s a sense of anger in the town that it was given little warning about its role in this huge operation – and has no sense of how long it is expected to play host to the new arrivals.

The city mayor Boris Ravignon said he was given very little notice that the first busload of young men from Afghanistan and Sudan was on its way.

“At the beginning of September the government representative in the region, the prefet, told us that the settlements of Calais were being dismantled and that he’d probably have to relocate some people coming from there,” the mayor said. Read more on