The Latest: French begin dismantling migrant slum in Calais

The Latest on Europe's migration crisis (all times local):

11:55 a.m.

French authorities have begun dismantling the sprawling migrant camp in Calais where thousands are hanging out, hoping to make their way to a better life in Britain.

One by one, helmeted workers on Monday are pulling down makeshift structures where migrants sleep in the southern sector of the camp. The move comes after a court ruled that the shanties could be destroyed but not the common spaces that have also sprung up, like places of worship, schools and a library.

The camp has existed for years in the northern port city of Calais, which has ferries across the English Channel and the Eurotunnel rail to Britain. But now with an estimated 4,000 migrants in the slum, the situation in Calais has become a flashpoint for Europe's immigration crisis, fueling far-right sentiment on both sides of the Channel.

The uprooted migrants are being moved to a nearby camp.


11:15 a.m.

Thousands of refugees are stuck on Greece's border with Macedonia, overflowing from a packed camp into the surrounding fields, as they wait for Macedonian authorities to let them continue their trek through the Balkans.

Police say about 6,500 people are at or near the Idomeni border crossing, with another 500 moved to a hastily erected camp on a small concrete landing strip some 20 kilometers (13 miles) away.

Macedonian authorities let 300 Syrians and Iraqis in between 11 p.m. local time Sunday and 4 a.m. Monday, after which the crossing closed. Macedonia has said it will only allow in as many people as Serbia, the next country north on the Balkan migrant corridor, accepts.

This has led to a huge bottleneck in Greece, where authorities say more than 22,000 people are stuck.