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CALAID-IPEDIA was created to be the go-to resource for those involved in the phenomenal grassroots movement supporting refugees in Calais (and beyond) that sprang up in the late summer of 2015. 

By the time the Calais "Jungle" was demolished by the authorities in October 2016, a number of groups had refined and developed their methods for supporting those in need and were determined to continue their presence in France in anticipation that the problem would not go away.  These groups now have their own successful web presence and so today, Calaid-ipedia is updated only occasionally, and exists as a repository of reliable information retained for posterity.

Whilst many people responded to the crisis in Calais by forming various groups focused on the needs of the refugees stranded there,  so others focused on those living in desperate situations near Dunkirk.  And then, as the crisis continued and refugees began arriving in Paris, volunteers made their way to the capital city, too - offering support wherever they could.   Calaid-ipedia now contains information about these regions, too. 


THE CURRENT SITUATION IN CALAIS 


The number of refugees in Calais increases day by day - but at present the authorities are determined not to allow camps to develop. Consequently, the CRS constantly seek to move them on whenever they find them. Their tactics involve seizing and destroying any tents and sleeping bags they find, and preventing volunteers from establishing regular food and water supplies.

In response to this inhumane behaviour, 12 organisations took the Calais authorities to court in late Spring 2017 resulting in many of their demands being met. Read more details here.

And so, the refugees are reliant upon volunteers from the UK and Europe to provide them with the absolute basics to survive. Please see the links below to learn how you can help.

CALAIS BASED

HELP REFUGEES -general volunteering and donations

CARE4CALAIS - general volunteering and donations

REFUGEE FIRST AID -  healthcare professional volunteering and donations

REFUGEE INFO BUS

REFUGEE YOUTH SERVICE - donations

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UK BASED 

CALAIS ACTION - particular focus on child refugees

CAMCRAG (Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group)



FRENCH ORGANISATIONS