Refugees’ blankets taken ‘three times a week’ in Calais: a new report

Help Refugees have released a new report detailing the precarious living conditions faced by refugees living in and around Calais.

This is the second of our new monthly surveys, undertaken alongside our French partners L’Auberge des Migrants. We interviewed 126 people this month about the living conditions in Calais.

Our team on the ground estimates that there are now around 750 refugees in Calais. 39% have been here for a month or more.

More than three-quarters of respondents said that they had had their blankets taken from them – and that on average, it happened three times a week.

Along with other organisations working on the ground in Calais, Help Refugees recently won a court case against the French government that detailed the state’s obligation to install water points, toilets, showers, daily outreach for minors and departures to accommodation centres from Calais.

We continue to distribute thousands of blankets, bedding and clothes from our warehouse in Calais each week. But we desperately need support to provide for the growing number of people in need. Please share this report and donate here to help.