CONFIRMED: Eviction To Commence Monday 24th October

Post date: 21-Oct-2016 14:51:09

We can confirm that the eviction of the Calais camp will begin on Monday - Help Refugees

The authorities have devised a system for registering camp residents according to their status, taking into consideration minors, family units, and people with vulnerabilities not covered by either of these categories (medical conditions etc). They have informed the associations that 60 buses, going to accommodation centres across France (called CAOs) will be provided on Monday (3000 people), 45 on Tuesday (2400 people) and 40 on Wednesday (2000 people). If more buses are needed on subsequent days they say this can be arranged.

In addition to all those currently residing in the unofficial Calais camp, residents of the government-run container camp will also be required to leave and go to accommodation centres. As a temporary measure, the containers will be used as a processing centre for unaccompanied minors. The unaccompanied minors will be housed there and processed by French and/or British authorities. We are encouraged by this news as the children will be accommodated while the British authorities take the time to expedite the Dubs amendment, which should bring many of the most vulnerable children, including girls and children as young as 10, to safety in the UK.

The French authorities have confirmed that a group of 40 people will arrive on Tuesday to begin manually dismantling the 'Jungle' camp. They say there will be no bulldozers on Tuesday. They hope the process will be complete within a week.

Representatives from our team on the ground have met with community spokespeople to share all of this information to them so that they can disseminate it within their communities. Our teams will also spend the weekend distributing this information, aiming to ensure everyone knows what the process will be for the week ahead.

We are concerned about the logistical challenge of so many people being registered and departing each day. We understand that no transport to the warehouse where registration will be carried out is going to be provided for those who are physically unable to walk a significant distance. This is another concern. Highly vulnerable people will be required to queue to register alongside everyone else in what might be an incredibly stressful, busy environment, with many highly anxious about their future and that of their friends and family. In addition the container camp is deemed, by those working with young people in the camp, to not be adapted to the needs of children at this difficult time.

The camp will be closed to most during the clearing period. Large aid agencies operational in the camp are permitted to continue to operate and we will have a small core team present. Our team will be there to assist and support as people depart, if required.

In the meantime we continue with large-scale targeted distribution within the camp, particularly focusing on areas which have been flagged up as being severely lacking in many of the essentials such as shoes, warm clothes and Winter jackets. We would like to ensure that as many people as possible have these items before leaving next week. We are also carrying out mass door to door distribution of backpacks containing a bin bag, a ziplock bag and a

rain poncho to ensure that people have somewhere secure to keep their valuables as well as a way to protect themselves and their possessions from possible inclement weather during the moving process.

The aim is to provide a backpack or suitcase to every single camp resident and the team are on-track to achieve this, thanks to the generous donations of the British public.

Le Grand Départ dans les CAO et 15 000 cartes: L'Auberge Des Migrants

- Il commencera Lundi avec beaucoup de bus, et encore plus de bus Mardi jusqu'à la fin de la semaine si nécessaire. Un grand périmètre autour de la jungle sera bouclée, n'y seront admis que ceux qui ont déjà un badge (130 Bénévoles de l'Auberge, et d'autres associations sans aucundoute)

- Le 'nettoyage' du bidonville (ah bon, détruire c'est nettoyer??) commencera dès Mardi.

- Ceux qui ne veulent pas partir en bus sont libres de partir 'ailleurs' .... mais évidemment, ils seront arrêtés et envoyés en centre de rétention s'ils sont 'trouvés'...

- Pour ceux qui partent en CAO, une petite carte double-face très importante se ballade depuis une semaine sur la jungle en 10 000 exemplaires. Cette carte dit simplement en 4 langues:

" Nous, les bénévoles de Calais, restons avec vous!

Si vous avez le moindre problème dans votre CAO contactez-nous sur cette page FB

info CAO Refugees

ou ce mail


Cette carte continuera à être distribuée toute la semaine prochaine si possible à l'endroit où les exilés monteront dans les bus.

Dès la semaine prochaine, nous aurons notre cellule de crise en place pour répondre aux messages. Nous continuerons aussi longtemps que cela sera nécessaire.

Nous continuerons aussi à nourrir, vêtir et abriter les exilés qui ne manqueront pas de continuer à arriver ou de revenir sur Calais, dès que les choses seront un peu calmées... C'est le retour à l'après Sangatte...on a l'habitude...

Nous ne sommes pas prêts de fermer l'entrepôt, non, d'autant plus que les collectifs de soutien parisiens nous appellent au secours pour avoir des tentes, la police détruisant tout quand elle fait ses rafles quasi-quotidiennes...à Paris, des familles passent des nuits sous la pluie sans même une bâche pour les protéger...C'est beau, la France!