All they want is for their asylum claims to be heard
Around 7am this morning police and CRS officers surrounded the gym at Dunkirk and the area outside where over 600 people have been living for the last eight months.
Coaches arrived and the police slowly started putting people on the coaches to be taken to reception centres around France. The people were not told where the coaches would go.
The first coach left at 8.30 this morning.
Continual forced evictions don’t effect the underlying issues that cause people to risk their lives crossing the Channel; even the total destruction of the Calais Jungle in October 2016 has not stopped this from happening. What they do is to further abuse some of the most vulnerable people in society – people who are already severely traumatised and who are desperate to protect their families.
The men, women and children that we talk to every day do not want to take these risks; . If there was a safe and legal way for this to happen it would stop them from risking their lives and stop people smugglers from being able to prey on them.
We think it’s time the authorities tried a new approach; one that would be better for everyone.