In Calais, Ginny Howells, UK emergency manager for Save the Children, said the scenes at the camp were “very chaotic”, with migrants “incredibly worried and anxious”.
She added: “No one wants the ‘Jungle’ to exist, but until you’ve worked with them, don’t demolish the community structures that have been built up.”
Tanya Freedman, of Help Refugees, said use of tear gas had been “indiscriminate”, with migrants prevented from collecting their belongings before being evicted.
“It very much felt like a big launch of how they intended to go about it. They were very bullish,” she said.
Most of the estimated 4,000 migrants in the ‘Jungle’ are from the Middle East, Afghanistan and Africa. Some have attempted to reach the UK by paying people traffickers, while others have tried to jump on lorries crossing the Channel.