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Summary

  1. Operation to clear the Calais migrant camp begins
  2. Camp has been housing some 7,000 people in squalid conditions
  3. Migrants are due to be taken to refugee centres across France
  4. Fears some migrants will refuse to go as they still want to get to the UK
  5. Some clashes took place over the weekend

Live Reporting

By Tom Spender, Patrick Jackson and Emma Harrison

All times stated are UK

We're pausing our live coverage for now

Here's a summary of the latest developments:

  • More than 700 migrants have left the Jungle so far on 17 buses. There were an estimated 8,143 migrants in the camp
  • The Calais police commissioner Patrick Visser-Bourdon has told migrants he may not have enough buses to take them away from Calais on Monday
  • PA news agency has reported some scuffles as people leave the camp and queue for the coaches, but most remained calm
  • Those on the coaches are due to be taken to refugee centres across France
  • The UK has "paused" the transfer of some migrant children from Calais to Britain "due to planned operational activity" in Calais, the Home Office has said. It is understood the pause will last 24 hours.

Our main story will continue to be updated with the latest from Calais - read more here.

A migrant prepares to leave the Jungle camp
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A migrant prepares to leave the Jungle camp

'Exhausted' migrants leave queue

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Some migrants are leaving the long queue of people waiting to be processed and transferred, says French journalist Antonin Sabot.

One young Sudanese told him he was exhausted.

The atmosphere is tense and there is some pushing and shoving, Mr Sabot says.

UK 'pauses' migrant children transfer

The UK authorities say they have halted the transfer of some migrant children from Calais to Britain.

It is understood the pause will last 24 hours.

"Due to planned operational activity in Calais and at the request of the French authorities, we have reluctantly agreed that the transfer process will be temporarily paused," the Home Office said in a statement.

Children and teenagers have been coming over the past week - some with family in the UK and others judged to be vulnerable.

French officials say about 200 children have left Calais for the UK.

Earlier today, 20 child migrants arrived at a residential centre in the south of the UK.

The youngsters - who are all believed to be male and under the age of 18 - arrived by bus at about 03:00 local time (02:00 GMT). 

It is believed the migrants - originally from Afghanistan, Sudan and Syria - will receive medical checks before decisions are made about what will happen to them next. 

A local MP has said up to 70 youngsters could be brought to the North Devon region in total. 

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'Chaotic' scenes at Calais camp clearance
Simon Jones reports on the "chaotic" scenes at the Calais "Jungle" camp.

BBC Snapchat updates from Calais

Bidding farewell to the 'Jungle'

Migrants on a coach
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Sixty coaches are taking migrants to refugee centres across France
Migrants queuing for a coach
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A migrant getting a wristband
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Migrants were given wristbands before boarding coaches

'Scuffles in queue'

The NGO Refugee Info Bus says there has been some pushing and shoving as migrants are turned away from queues.

PA news agency reports a few punches were thrown in scuffles but most people remained calm.

Riot police intervened to prevent others from joining the scuffles.

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People have been kettled outside the registration warehouse. #police and #CRS surrounding them.

People have been kettled outside the registration warehouse. #police and #CRS surrounding them.

Authorities have 'run out out of buses' - Police

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Migrants queue to leave Jungle
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Calais Police commissioner Patrick Visser-Bourdon is telling migrants he may not have enough buses to take them away from Calais today. 

He says they should consider going back to the Jungle and returning tomorrow.

'I will try again and again'

Some migrants in Calais have told journalists they will continue to try to reach the UK rather than be transferred elsewhere in France.

One Syrian told a Guardian journalist that a group of Syrians left the Jungle to sleep rough in the area.

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I'm not getting on the buses, I have to go to England.

Ismail from Afghanistan, in the Jungle six months
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I will try again and again to get to England.

Mohajir, in the Jungle a year

It's my dream to get to England and no one is going to stop me. I have family there.

'This was the Sudanese quarter'

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'No guarantee it's the end' - Calais mayor

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The prefect of the Calais region, Fabienne Buccio, has told local Radio 6 that the dismantling of the camp is going "very well", BBC Monitoring reports.

But the mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart of the opposition Republicans party, has complained that the government has given the city "no guarantees, or shown us any plan that confirms that the difficulties we've had for the last three years are at an end".

New camps likely to pop up - Medecins du Monde

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French journalist Axel Roux has been talking to Yannick Le Bihan, France director for the French NGO Medecins du Monde.

He says (in French) that his main concern about demolishing the Jungle camp is what happens next.

We know that more people will come to Calais to try to reach the UK. We are very anxious to know if any structures will remain to house new arrivals.

We saw after Sangatte that it is not through demolition that the problem resolves itself on its own. You need long term solutions.

It is now likely that small camps will appear in other locations.

Yannick Le Bihan, Medecins du Monde

The Sangatte camp was a refugee camp opened by the French authorities near Calais in 1999. At its peak it had a population of 2,200. It was closed in 2002. Read more.

'End Calais magnet' - British MP

A man waving while leaving the "Jungle" camp with a suitcase
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The British MP for Dover - on the other side of the Channel from Calais - Charlie Elphicke has said it is "really important" for the resettlement of lone child refugees to continue, but backed the closure of the camp.

He told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show:

There must be a real concern that some people will try and sneak the camp back to Calais, and the whole thing will reform because that is the history of this.

Charlie Elphicke, British MP

What we need to do is end the Calais migrant magnet for good and that means processing asylum claims and helping people who are not successful at their home nations

'Better to die in my own country than here under a truck'

One man in the Jungle told a Guardian journalist about his reasons for accepting help to return to Afghanistan...

'Better to die in my own country than here under a truck' said an Afghan man who had chosen to take French aid to go back home #Calais

... but Amnesty International's deputy Europe director said people in his position should feel they have a better range of options.

It kills me that an Afghan refugee feels these are the only two options. Is that really the best we can do? #calais twitter.com/achrisafis/sta…

More pictures from the scene in Calais

Migrants queuing in Calais
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The police presence is large, says BBC Europe reporter Gavin Lee
The "Jungle" camp in Calais
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Queues of migrants wait to be processed before leaving on coaches
People hugging
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People hug as they leave the "Jungle" camp

Final population of the Calais 'Jungle'

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Colour-coded wristbands for migrants

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Wariness on both sides

Undercover French police are in the camp as it is cleared, while one Ethiopian migrant was wearing a badge asking that journalists do not take his photograph.

Armed undercover police brandish an MP5 in the Calais Jungle today.

Armed undercover police brandish an MP5 in the Calais Jungle today.

Un ragazzo etiope mostra un pin "no foto" #Calais

Un ragazzo etiope mostra un pin "no foto" #Calais

'A street of suitcases and resignation'

BBC Europe reporter Gavin Lee writes...

Migrants queue in Calais
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Rue des Garennes links the Jungle camp to the new migrant processing centre, and is a street of suitcases and resignation. 

At 05:00 local time, three hours before the police clearance operation was due to start, groups of refugees and migrants began to form a queue.

Since then, there has been a mass exodus from the camp and hundreds of people are now lining the road, waiting for a coach to take them away.

Towards the back of the queue is Adil from Sudan, carrying two bags, a football and a guitar. "My dream is dead, the people you see here, they are broken. We can't believe it's over," he said.

Inside the camp, aid workers from Care for Calais are moving tent to tent, warning migrants that if they don't leave, they'll be arrested.

The police presence is large, with many huddled in riot vans, keeping out of the cold, and making the most of the calm.

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What the migrants are leaving behind

The "Jungle" housed about 7,000 people in squalid conditions. It had unsafe food, poor sanitation and inadequate healthcare.

But people in the informal settlement still needed things to do to pass the time. There were makeshift restaurants and even a boxing club.

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'Today is a big day'

The chief executive of the Port of Calais, Jean-Marc Puissesseau, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme:

I am a very, very happy man. It's for us really the D-Day.

Because I will not say it was the war here but since two years (ago) we are living in constant stress and living (with) a lot of attacks on the highway to try to slow down the traffic and to try for the migrants to get into the lorries and so on.

So really today it's a big day, we are very happy.

If there is not in months and months in Calais enough police force to control the eventual squat or eventual comeback of migrants it's a waste of time, what we are doing today.

'More journalists than refugees'

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French press on the end of the 'Jungle'

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Conservative Le Figaro leads on "after the evacuation come the questions", noting the "reluctance" of some parts of France to accept more migrants. 

Left-wing Liberation warns the government that dismantling the camp before TV cameras could lead to embarrassing scenes, "given that the traps are many".

Top-selling Ouest-France agrees it's a "risky operation that could go wrong".

Centre-left LeMonde reports that people in Calais are sceptical that they've seen the last of the migrants.

Francois Guennoc of migrant welfare group Auberge des migrants agrees.  He told Ouest-France that the government is "dreaming" if it thinks dismantling the Jungle will stop migrants reaching the Channel, as they are still arriving "at a rate of 30 a day".

Queues to leave the camp

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'Buses have left for Paris, Lyon and Marseille'

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'Let us go to UK'

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Pictures from Calais

Queues of migrants in Calais
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There are queues of people leaving the Calais 'Jungle' camp this morning
Migrants leaving the 'Jungle' camp with suitcases
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Demolition of the camp is expected to take place on Tuesday
A migrant registers before boarding a bus
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The processing points at the Jungle camp opened at about 08:00 local time (06:00 GMT)
Migrants waiting to leave the Calais 'Jungle' camp with suitcases
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After processing they will leave for various parts of France and be given the opportunity to claim asylum

'Confusion' among some unaccompanied minors

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Estimates vary, but charities put the numbers of unaccompanied minors in the camp at about 1,000.

Read more: The desperate children of the Calais Jungle

First bus leaves

Dutch journalist Chrisje Sterk watched the first bus carrying migrants to refugee centres across France leave Calais.

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'I will not move one inch'

Ahead of the clearance, one migrant from Iraq told the BBC he would refuse to leave.

See the interview here.

What next after the Jungle?

Hugh Schofield

BBC News, Paris

The 'Jungle' camp
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The French authorities have already made detailed plans for moving migrants out of the Jungle camp near Calais.

They want this to be a swift and efficient operation. The police, NGOs and asylum services have had many weeks to prepare, and on paper, all is in place.

A fleet of 150 buses has been hired. Over the next few days, these will disperse to points across France, bearing migrants to new Welcome and Orientation Centres (CAOs).

The Jungle population - estimated at 7,000 - has had plenty of warning. Many of them have taken the route to CAOs already. But in the past the move was voluntary. Now the migrants are told they have no choice.

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'D-Day' for the 'Jungle' camp

The Calais port authorities are relieved the Jungle is being closed...

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... but a British MP says the UK has left it late to help children at the camp.

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Once the clearances start, we know that there is a significant risk that many of those children and young people disappear

Yvette Cooper, British MP

That is what happened last time when part of the camp was closed without a plan for the children and teenagers

And the consequence is they slip into the arms of the smuggler gangs, the traffickers

Just at the point at which they might have been able to be reunited with their family, then they are lost

'Our dream is over'

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Queuing to leave

Migrants have been queuing peacefully to be processed, and the first of some 60 coaches that will carry them to refugee centres across France has left.

Migrant queue, Calais
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Migrants leaving the 'Jungle' camp in Calais
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Calais 'Jungle' clearance begins

Clashes in the final hours of the 'Jungle'

More than 1,200 police and officials in France have begun an operation to clear the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais this morning.

We'll be bringing you updates on the clearance of the camp, which has been housing some 7,000 people in squalid conditions.

There is concern that some migrants will refuse to go because they still want to get to Britain, and there were some clashes over the weekend.  

Read the full story here.