French Authorities have announced plans to evict the Calais “Jungle” refugee camp in the coming weeks.
The latest Help Refugees census has revealed that the population of the camp is now over 10,000 including 1,022 unaccompanied minors.
Minister of the Interior, Bernard Cazeneuve, has promised to make 10,000 places available in refugee accommodation centers (CAOs) around France specifically for those who are currently located in Calais and Paris. This is on top of the 2,000 places in Calais’s Jules Ferry Center and CAP (container camp). Currently authorities have no concrete plans for the 1,022 unaccompanied minors living in squalid conditions inside the `Jungle`.
The French Government have informed french NGOs that the eviction of the North of the `Jungle` will be swift and could take as little as one day. Over the coming weeks these NGOs will continue to meet with French officials, from whom we expect to receive more information.
We, at the Refugee Info Bus are extremely worried about the thousands of people who will be displaced across France. After the chaos and destruction caused by the violent eviction of the south side of the camp in March 2016, NGOs lost track of almost 200 unaccompanied minors. Without comprehensive provision for lone child refugees, we fear many more will be lost this Winter.
We will continue to provide our services of internet access and workshops on UK and French asylum and human rights throughout the North of France in the coming months, regardless of any decisions made by the authorities. We will stay as long as our services are needed.