Calais : summary 2018
The rights defensor report ended the year 2018. This report reminds the authorities to take responsibility in the welcoming of refugees on the northern coastline. The prefect answered “we don’t have to justify ourselves” this is only a report… We sent a letter to the Nord Pas de Calais Department warning them about the situation of isolated underaged and those not acknowledged underaged and thus left on the street
WE are not surprised that 2019 doesn’t show any sign of change :
- hundreds of people in the street, access to plan Grand froid is difficult
- police brutality, daily dismanteling, repressive answer from the French and British governments to illegal boats going across the Channel.
These dangerous journeys attracted a strong media coverage which led to highlight political answer more than humanitarian challenge. The borders enforcement makes it difficult and dangerous to cross, therefore people takes more risk to cross. They are more vulnerable than ever, plunged in very harsh conditions of living that France imposes and towards smuggler that benefits from illegality of smuggling.
Following associations : l’Auberge des Migrants, ACC Minorités Visibles, Flandre Terre Solidaire, Gynécologie Sans Frontières, Itinérance Cherbourg, MRAP - Littoral dunkerquois, Secours Catholique Caritas France - Délégation Pas de Calais, Terre d’Errance Flandre Littoral,. Terre d’Errance Norrent-Fontes, Utopia 56, LDH Dunkerque et la Cabane Juridique, ask the government to accept asylum seeker in France and in UK, and stop Dublin regulation that locks people in inextricable administrative situations, and lead to put their lives at risk in Sea and roads. (Press release of Jan 18th, 2019)
Utopia 56 follows on mobilizing for humanitarian support in Calais and surroundings, volunteers are still highly motivated and together they succeed in building individualized follow-up. To pursue this goal they also need you, more if you have social work experience, or as specialized educator, intercultural worker or social assistant. Follow-up and listening are keys if we want to give back dignity to people in exile, dignity that was taken off by repressive and suspicious attitude of our government.