Residents of the northern port city of Calais try to imagine a town without one of Europe's largest shanty towns in its shadow, as the demolition of the 'Jungle' migrant camp nears completion. Mana Rabiee reports.
In the northern French port city of Calais, residents are wondering... Will anything change, now that a nearby shanty town of 6,000 migrants is close to being completely demolished? The ramshackle huts housed scores of migrants looking to cross the Channel to enter the U.K. It had a name -- the Jungle. In Calais' bars, many welcome the Jungle's closing but add it won't solve the local migrant problem for good. (SOUNDBITE) (French) CALAIS RESIDENT, PASCAL, SAYING: "We'll see how long it will last. I don't know, I think they'll come back. They're some who are already on the road, I think." France has set up some 450 reception centers to welcome migrants who used to live in the Jungle. For Calais residents, THEIR next concern is how to imagine a town WITHOUT one of Europe's largest shanty towns right in its shadow.