ANOTHER refugee camp is set to be filled with eight thousand migrants within four weeks following plans to dismantle the Calais “jungle”.
The new site in Dunkirk is just 30 miles from the Calais camp and only seven miles from the ferry terminal, will initially host 2,500 Iraqi Kurds in 500 specially heated tens.
Fears have now been raised that the site will simply become a staging post for thousands of migrants waiting for a chance to cross the Channel into the UK.
Up to 3,000 migrants have been living in a second jungle site but will be moved to the new heavily fenced encampment after the site was left infested by rats.
The camp has been set up by Mayor of Grande Synthe Damien Careme who has previously said his “worst nightmare” would be seeing a child drowning or succumbing to a fatal disease at “Jungle Two”.
When an aide to the mayor was asked why Grande Synthe was chosen, she said bluntly: “No one else would have them.”
Regional newspaper Voix du Nord reported that “at first sight there could be space enough for six or eight thousand people”.
A French source said: “They continue to arrive in their hundreds. There is nothing to suggest that numbers will diminish in the months to come.
“It is inhumane to allow them to camp out in filth and mud”.
One doctor treating Kurds at a makeshift clinic at ‘Jungle Two’ added: “If you think that the migrants are going to stop coming then you are either stupid or naive.
“They will arrive in their thousands from Asia and Africa because they want new lives and the last stage of their journey is here, where they are within sight of England”.
Numbers of migrants have soared at Grande Synth in recent months from 100 last summer to 3,000 this year, all with the aim of getting to the UK.
French taxpayers are said to be paying £1million annually to fund the new Dunkirk camp where refugees receive hot meals, showers and sanitary facilities.
The Mayor of Calais has told of the inhabitants “facing mortal danger” at “Jungle two” due to floods and disease while they survive on hand-outs from local charity groups.