Vice News coverage of Calais camp community statement on forced relocation

The Vice News article on the relocation in the Calais camp sets out what the French authorities are proposing – bulldozing about a third of the camp – and the community response. The coverage carries the image of the statement as written by the community in a meeting on Monday night. It also quotes one of the statements we put out yesterday.

From Vice News

Three Days Before France ‘Bulldozes’ a Third of Calais Refugee Jungle

The French authorities issued a removal order — which affects roughly a third of the Jungle — on Monday following the opening of a new official camp built to house 1,500 refugees, which they say provides better accommodation. 

But those living in the camp think that the shelters they have built for themselves, albeit ramshackle, afford far more privacy and dignity than the government camp, which is made up of converted shipping containers stacked on top of each other. They also believe they will be forced to apply for asylum in France once inside the official camp.

Please click here to read the rest of the article and the Help Refugees quote.

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