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NEW CALAIS CENSUS RELEASED: 568 CHILDREN IN CALAIS, 74% ON THEIR OWN : 10th May 2016 (HR)

posted 31 Aug 2016, 13:16 by Chris Cox



Help Refugees and L’Auberge des Migrants conducted a recent census on the Calais “Jungle” and found that there are currently 5,188 people living in the refugee camp, with numbers constantly rising.

We found that 568 are children, 74% of whom are unaccompanied. The average age of children in the camp is 13.9 years old. The 420 unaccompanied children in the camp are now eligible for resettlement in the UK under Dubs Amendment and we hope to see 300 children brought to Britain in time for the new school term in September.

Other notable findings:
From our sample of 3,537 surveyed we found over 55 different professions including doctors, nurses, lawyers and architects.
There are over 20 different nationalities in the refugee community, making in unique amongst refugee camps – 32% are from Afghanistan, 24% from Sudan and 6% from Syria.
68% of residents live in the unofficial makeshift “Jungle”, 28% live in the government run containers, and 4% live in the Jules Ferry Centre (where only a maximum of 200 women and children under the age of 14 are allowed to reside).
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