Eviction Day 1:
Post date: 24-Oct-2016 09:27:38
UPDATE ON THE FIRST DAY OF CALAIS EVICTIONS - Help Refugees
- The French government started registering residents of the 'Jungle' and began the process of taking people on buses to accommodation centres across France. The queues for registration began as early at 4am.
- In total, approximately 1,900 people left the 'Jungle', many fewer than the 3,000 initially planned for today.
- In camp the atmosphere has been generally calm. People have left Calais voluntarily; many have been waiting for this moment for months and are happy to finally have the chance to stay in France.
- There was some kettling by police at the registration centre - and the additional media presence did not help to calm the situation.
- The safe and appropriate accommodation for the unaccompanied minors did not seem to materialise. Registration was chaotic, with no children being registered for transfer to the UK
- There are still unaccompanied girls in the camp, who are highly vulnerable.
KEVIN CATKINS - Save The Children
'It is extremely welcome to see vulnerable children who have been trapped in Calais reaching safe haven in the UK over the last week. But, as night falls in Calais tonight, we are deeply concerned for the fate of hundreds of children who remain and who do not know where they will sleep tonight and have no information on what tomorrow will bring.
It is unacceptable that the French operation to demolish the camp, which has been planned for weeks, now risks putting vulnerable children at greater risk.'
LIST OF YOUNGEST UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN
Today, Help Refugees and The Unofficial Women and Children's Centre sent a list of 49 children under the age of 13 who would qualify to be brought to safety in the UK under the Lord Alf Dubs Amendment (from our census data) to Labour MP Stella Creasy.
STELLA CREASY told the Home Secretary that children on the list were not able to register at the warehouse and were still being ignored and that three of them are under the age of 11
She offered to share the details with Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, and asked for assurances that children will not be put in detention centres.
Home Secretary AMBER RUDD responded:
“We are making sure children are looked after in a proper way that you would expect from a compassionate nation,”
She said the UK Home Office has 36 staff-members on the ground, trying to find the youngest children, and was surprised at Stella Creasy’s information.
‘There is no ‘them and us’ feeling on the ground; we all have the same aims, we want to get the youngest children out, there is nothing but good will and good intent on this side.’ she stated.
Former Shadow Home Secretary, YVETTE COOPER citing Help Refugees, voiced concern about the risk of trafficking and the disappearance of children.
She asked for the French government to ensure children, especially girls and young women, have appropriate social workers and youth volunteers to look after them in the container camps.
Rudd said the French government has pledged to maintain a secure area of the camp for children and minors - w.
We hope she comes through on her promises tomorrow.
So, day 1 done: Rachel Mantell
Thank you so much to everyone who donated suitcases and rucksacks over the last few weeks- every time I have seen a photo of a refugee with all their belongings in a bag next to them I have smiled a little sadly. It's a small thing... But it's something we managed to do together.
Refugee Info Bus have done an amazing job today- even providing leaflets to the authorities, who had forgotten to get them translated!
Salvage has started- jungle books has been dismantled for example. The aim is to recover what can be reused.... As far as the CRS allow it.
10.25: Refugee Info Bus:
9.25: From Grainne Hasset;
State of Emergency powers now invoked in jungle by French State- all non authorized persons now liable to up to €7500 fine. Vols be aware. Also expulsion from France.
Lawyers just refused entry.
8.13: Help Refugees
Residents leaving the camp early this morning. The few belongings they have once again packed into rucksacks.