Calais: a new migrant camp dismantled

In Calais, the police began on Friday June 4, “On the instructions of the Minister of the Interior”, Gérald Darmanin, the dismantling of a camp made up of several hundred migrants and installed in recent weeks in Calais, in the hangars of the former Magnesia wasteland, announced the prefecture.

“Serious disturbances to public order”

“These occupations have generated serious disturbances to public order, to public tranquility, in particular for the 50 neighboring families living nearby”, explains the prefecture, evoking a “Growing public health problem”.

On Wednesday June 2, the president of Hauts-de-France, Xavier Bertrand, and the mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, asked the Minister of the Interior to dismantle this new camp to avoid the “Reconstruction of a jungle”. This abandoned area, located in the south-east of the city, had been the scene of brawls on the night of Tuesday 1is to Wednesday June 2, involving “About thirty people” and resulting in the intervention of about fifty police and CRS, they had underlined.

“An endless journey”

During this “Sheltering”, evacuated migrants are referred to reception facilities in Hauts-de-France or elsewhere in France. After the dismantling of the « jungle » in 2016, the authorities regularly evacuated camps in Calais where hundreds of migrants continued to arrive in the hope of reaching England. But the associations see it as a policy “Inconsistent” and denounce the lack of a lasting solution.

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“Anyway, people move, they go elsewhere. It’s a never-ending journey. We do not understand why this policy continues, everyone goes around in circles: the exiles, the authorities and the associations ”, reacted François Guennoc, president of the Auberge des migrants.

According to him, approximately “1,500 people are currently in Calais” dont “800 in this camp”.

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