Yesterday the Mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, informed journalists that the eviction of the Northern part of the camp would be carried out ‘very soon’. Over the past ten months there have been many rumours about the future of the camp and possible evictions. Ultimately the decision about the future of the camp will come from the Prefecture. We attend a weekly meeting with the Prefecture, every Thursday, so we should have more information on Thursday afternoon. In the meantime please do not panic or change any plans to bring donations or to volunteer with us. If this information is correct we will need your support more than ever.
Our latest census tells us that there are a total of 7000 people living in the Calais camp. Of these, 5270 people are living in the Northern part of the camp, 425 of whom are unaccompanied minors. In addition to the 5270 who would be affected by an eviction there are 1500 people living in the container camp and 230 in the Jules Ferry Centre (the two government facilities). The census was carried out last week and will be published in full in the next 24 hours.
We will continue to share news as soon as we have it. In the meantime our primary concern remains continuing to provide consistent, dignified support to camp residents.
Thank you for your continuing support.
The featured image is from the previous round of Calais camp demolition. You can read more here.
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