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129 UNACCOMPANIED MINORS UNACCOUNTED FOR SINCE DEMOLITION 1st April 2016 (HR)

posted 31 Aug 2016, 08:35 by Chris Cox   [ updated 31 Aug 2016, 08:36 ]

Teams of volunteers from Help Refugees have now completed a comprehensive census of the refugees remaining in Calais since the demolition of the Southern section of the camp and have found a total of 4946 refugees still living there - including 1400 in the containers.


Volunteers were shocked and very concerned to find that 129 unaccompanied minors cannot be accounted for.  No alternative accommodation was provided for unaccompanied minors during the evictions;  no assessment was made by the French authorities of their needs;  and no systems were put in place to monitor them or provide safeguarding. There is no official registration system for children in place In Calais or Dunkirk.

The charity is calling on the French authorities to put systems in place immediately to register and safeguard the remaining 294 lone children in the camp. With Interpol already reporting over 10,000 missing refugee children in Europe, the charity is reminding the authorities of the need to do everything possible to mitigate against the children in Calais and Dunkirk adding to these numbers.

Today, we have shared the statistic with the UK children’s commissioner Anne Longfield and her French counterpart Genevieve Avenard when they visited the Calais camp with the Help Refugees' team 

The full census findings is as follows:

Refugees still in the Calais camp total 4946. 4432 adult and 514 children, of whom 294 are unaccompanied minors.

This comprises 1400 adults in the containers, 170 women and children in Jules Ferry and 3376 inhabitants in the main camp area living in tents and shelters.

There are 374 children in the main camp, 209 of whom are unaccompanied minors. There are a further 140 children in the containers, 85 of whom are unaccompanied. This is a total of 514 children, 294 of whom are unaccompanied.

The average age of the minors in camp is 14.2 with the youngest just 1 month old, and the youngest unaccompanied child aged just 8 years old.

The charity  plans to keep regular checks on the population movements and patterns over the coming months.