Facing Multiple Crises: new report on treatment of displaced people in northern France during the Covid-19 pandemic

Choose Love / Help Refugees, along with our partners Human Rights Observers, Refugee Rights Europe and L’Auberge des Migrants, have released a new report highlighting the deplorable treatment experienced by displaced people in Calais and Dunkirk during the first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Facing Multiple Crises report As the headlines are flooded with stories of small boats crossing the English Channel, we know the reality of life for refugees in Northern France to be a different story to that described by journalists.

“Housing has become the front line defence against the coronavirus. Home has rarely been more of a life or death situation.”

With the spread of Covid-19, displaced people in northern France are faced with yet another crisis. Their pre-existing poor living conditions have left people living in exceptionally vulnerable positions, and the measures taken by the French state during this emergency have not adequately protected people. The threat of Covid cases increasing remains a concerning reality and our partners on the ground are working tirelessly to ensure that the most basic of needs are met.

This report draws on data collated by the Human Rights Observers (HRO) team over the three-month period of April – June 2020. It sets out the context in northern France and analyses the state response to Covid-19, and makes a number of recommendations to the French state and the EU institutions.