Richard Branson – Showing solidarity with the refugees of Calais

Richard Branson needs no introduction. He is one of the many signatories of the letter calling on David Cameron to save children trapped in Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp. (Click through to read the others and to add your name to the list!)

Richard has written about the planned eviction on his website

Showing solidarity with the refugees of Calais

The need to find a humane and practical solution to Europe’s refugee crisis has become increasingly urgent. I was shocked to hear about the announcement of the planned eviction of the southern zone of the refugee camp at Calais, in France this week. Volunteers in the camp estimate this action will leave 3,000 people – 300 of which are unaccompanied children – without homes during winter.

Refugees who gather at Calais, to try and reach the UK, have been evicted repeatedly. Forcing refugees out of the camp means already vulnerable people are dispersed without access to shelter and support. It also puts them at greater risk from smuggler gangs, traffickers and even extremist groups. It’s clear that the solution is not eviction but instead requires political collaboration.

Please click here to read the rest of his post.

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