It’s a cold morning in Calais and residents of the Jungle have been queuing since the early hours to board buses for accommodation centres around France. We’re continuing to run small info sessions for people as they prepare to leave, so they are aware of what’s happening and of their human rights. Volunteers are also handing out tea, coffee and food, filling humanitarian gaps for those waiting in huge lines. Refugee Info Bus will be reporting from the ground all week.
10.30am Jungle residents queue to register before boarding buses to accommodation centres across France.
Authorities have provided too little information too late: it looks like our info packs in multiple languages are the only source many people have. Concerning that the press seem to have more information than those directly affected by the evictions. We’re trying to rectify this by continuing to give out info packs in 7 different languages.
Large backlogs of people waiting for registration and a continued lack of information has contributed to confusion in the queues. Atmosphere remains tense but, to the credit of the Jungle’s residents, relatively calm.
Vulnerable young people are now being turned away from registration and told to come back tomorrow, meaning they must spend another night in the Jungle.
Listening in at parliamentlive.tv. Good to hear Amber Rudd, Diane Abbott and other members of UK Parliament commending work of NGOs and volunteers in Calais Jungle. Also excellent that Yvette Cooper MP has raised issue of housing of child refugees TONIGHT.
Summary of today’s events in Calais:
The French government began registering Jungle residents this morning and taking them on buses to accommodation centres across France; people were queuing as early as 4am for registration and ~1900 have left today, less than the 3000 planned.
Some minors were turned away from registration and told to come back tomorrow morning: these children will not be able to sleep in the safer container camp area tonight and will have to remain in the Jungle.
Atmosphere in and around the Jungle has remained generally calm, though understandably tense at times.
As before, information on the evictions and asylum process for Jungle residents has been severely lacking; we have even provided some of our own information packs in Oromo to French authorities who have not made adequate provisions.
UK MPs discussed the evictions in Parliament today – we urge them to act fast to safeguard refugees and asylum seekers across Europe.