New Calais census released – 761 children in Calais ‘Jungle’, 80% on their own

Data collected by our teams on the ground reveals that at the time of census-taking there were 7,037 people living in the camp in Calais, a 15% increase in population since last month. To see an increase this great during the Holy Month of Ramadan was unexpected and if people continue to arrive in Calais at this rate, we estimate that there will be 10,000 people temporarily residing there by September.

There are 761 children living in the “Jungle” and of these 608 are unaccompanied. The youngest of these unaccompanied minors is just 8 years old and the youngest child is 4 months old.

The government-run facilities are at capacity with 1500 people living in the containers and 230 in the Jules Ferry Centre, the latter only accommodating women and their children.

There are 5307 people living in unofficial “Jungle” camp (outside of the two government facilities), 425 of these are unaccompanied minors. This is the group who would be affected by an eviction, were it to take place. Both the mayor and representatives from the police force last week spoke of an imminent eviction however there has been no official confirmation of when this will take place. It could still be a number of months before we see any bulldozers.

Help Refugees, working alongside partners L’auberge des migrants international urges anyone considering volunteering, giving financial or physical donations to do so. The consistent distribution of goods, food, bedding and shelter in the camp for residents new and old relies upon your generosity. No one wants to be in the camp in Calais. It is not a permanent solution nor a pleasant place to live. We try to make it a little more comfortable and ensure that the basics are provided as far as possible but we need your ongoing support to do so.

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