CALAIS, France – The Latest on the influx of migrants and asylum-seekers into Europe (all times local):
Human rights watchdog Amnesty International alleges that Italian police have beaten and abused migrants and unlawfully expelled some, under pressure to implement new European Union rules to process arrivals.
In a report published Thursday, the organization cites 24 claims of abuse including beatings, electric shocks and sexual humiliation, to force the migrants to get fingerprinted in Italy.
Under new EU rules, migrants must get fingerprinted in the first EU country they arrive in, so that they can be processed and, if granted asylum, relocated to another EU state. Many migrants, however, want to travel to a specific country, often to reach relatives, and resist fingerprinting.
The report alleges mistreatment has grown since the new EU rules were adopted last year.
The Italian interior ministry declined repeated requests for comment.
The last residents of Calais' sprawling migrant camp are being evacuated — up to 400 women and children being transferred to family centers around France so the government can shut the camp for good.
The migrants had been housed in a municipal building near the English Channel shore that became the anchor of the camp, also known as the "jungle."
The families are being bused Thursday to processing centers where they can seek asylum in France or Britain, regional administration spokesman Steve Barbet said.
Over the past 10 days, authorities have moved nearly 7,000 people out of the camp to sites around France.
Migrants fleeing fighting and poverty in the Mideast and Africa converged on Calais to try to sneak to Britain by hiding out in freight trucks.