Calais Camp demolition update – Wednesday 2nd March

Demolition continued today, this time mainly in what used to be the Sudanese area of camp. Most of the refugees from this part of the camp are not leaving but choosing to move deeper into the rest of the camp for the time being. Some protests have continued with five Iranian men choosing to sew their mouths shout. And the day began with another act of defiance of sorts as the Sudanese community chose love rather than hatred…

As the police and prefecture advance into the Sudanese section of the Calais camp to dismantle and clear shelters, the Sudanese respond with mass tea making and offers of a hot drink to all officials.

Posted by Help Refugees on Wednesday, 2 March 2016

CARPENTERS/BUILDERS – WE NEED YOUWhile our brilliant long-term build team members in Calais are focusing their energy…

Posted by Help Refugees on Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Please watch and share to help Calais Kitchens. They get food to 6000 refugees daily in Calais and Dunkirk and they desperately need supplies. Donate:

Posted by Help Refugees on Tuesday, 1 March 2016


Following much misinformation this past week in the media, commentary and parliamentary discussion we would like to share the following reminder:

Help Refugees/ L’Auberge des Migrants are the only organisation to have carried out a full census of the Calais camp. The French authorities have only ever made estimates.

Full breakdowns of the following figures, along with detailed methodologies of our census are available upon request. Members of the press, please email

The following figures are true as of 15th February 2016


5497 people
4640 men
205 women
651 children which includes:
423 unaccompanied children
122 unaccompanied children with family in the UK

18 elderly
182 family units


3455 people
2841 men
169 women
445 children which includes:
305 unaccompanied children
90 unaccompanied children with family in the UK

13 elderly
145 family units

We would also like to reiterate that last week in French court the French authorities confirmed that across the whole of France, as of last week, there were only 1156 alternative accommodation available for refugees.

With 3455 facing eviction in the Southern part of the camp this leaves a deficit of 2,229 places.

We welcome news from the French authorities that further places in alternative accommodation have been found.

We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

Please click through if you would like to find out more about our work in Calais, Dunkirk, Lesvos, Samos, Idomeni and other locations. If you would like to know how you can help refugees, please check out our Get Involved section where you can find out how to fundraise for us and how to make a donation. Thank you!

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