Concerns over refugees being moved to containment centres

Concerns over refugees being moved to containment centres

We’ve heard today that refugees in Calais and Dunkirk will be moved to ‘containment centres’ somewhere in Pas de Calais region – possibly as soon as Friday.

Although there is a clear and very urgent need for improved living conditions, this announcement raises some serious concerns:

  • Will the move be forcible or will people be given a choice?
  • Without the independent oversight of charities and associations how will people’s rights be protected and their safety ensured?
  • When the Calais camp was cleared in Oct 2016 the operation was put together quickly and some of the places people were sent to were highly inappropriate – some with no food for days, no beds, no access at all to medical care etc. With just two days to prepare how can this be avoided?
  • Previous clearances in Calais and Dunkirk, including the one in Oct 2016, left some people behind and others quickly returned – what will happen to these people?
  • What measures are being put in place to protect children?
  • What is the legal framework for this action?

Read more here (French)

About Care4Calais

Care4Calais was founded by a group of volunteers with the sole aim of supporting the people of the Calais refugee camps, providing fresh meals, warm clothing, heating and important legal and medical support.

We are not politicians – we are people like you who simply believe that every human has the right to be treated in a fair and dignified way.

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