Welcome to the ‘Jungle’

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Series Details 25.11.15
Publication Date 25/11/2015
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For a decade, there has been an ongoing dispute between the British and French governments, who blame each other for the problems involving migrants around the Channel tunnel. French authorities are monitoring the camp, but are hesitant to provide the kind of assistance that would turn the camp into a more permanent settlement.

In November 2015 after being sued by several NGOs, the French authorities were ordered by a court in Lille to improve sanitary conditions and provide social care for unaccompanied minors. In January 2016, the government will provide better shelters for some of the inhabitants. Women and children in the camp be prioritised for decent accommodation, but the young men who make up the overwhelming majority in the camp largely have to make do with tents and makeshift shelters.

Many have given up on their wish to go to the UK, and have resolved to stay in the camp while their asylum requests are being processed in France. During the day the camp is relatively calm, but stability is fragile: violent unrest and fights with the police keep flaring up, especially as police is trying to move people to different parts of France. Fires break out regularly.

Source Link http://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_welcome_to_the_jungle5032
Related Link(s)
ESO: Background information: European Commission in Calais: Advancing on a European approach to migration http://www.europeansources.info/record/press-release-european-commission-in-calais-advancing-on-a-european-approach-to-migration/
Wikipedia: Calais jungle https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calais_jungle
Website: Calais Migrant Solidarity https://calaismigrantsolidarity.wordpress.com/
The Independent, 01.10.15: Refugee crisis: What life is really like inside the 'Jungle’ in Calais http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/refugee-crisis-what-life-is-really-like-inside-the-jungle-in-calais-a6674256.html
The Big Issue, 24.11.15: Welcome to The Jungle. Inside the Calais Refugee Camp http://www.bigissue.com/features/5944/welcome-to-the-jungle-inside-the-calais-refugee-camp
The Local.fr, 24.11.15: Calais refugee camp hit by another blaze http://www.thelocal.fr/20151124/fire-sweeps-through-calais-refugee-camp
The Local.fr, 23.11.15: Top court tells France to improve Calais camp http://www.thelocal.fr/20151123/france-told-to-improve-calais-camp-conditions
EUObserver, 12.01.16: French migrant camps to get upgrade https://euobserver.com/migration/131791
The Guardian, 20.01.16: [Opinion]: France is bulldozing the Calais jungle, but its replacement looks suspiciously like a jail http://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2016/jan/20/france-is-bulldozing-the-calais-jungle-but-its-replacement-looks-suspiciously-like-a-jail
The Local.fr, 14.01.16: Calais camp refugees defy relocation efforts http://www.thelocal.fr/20160114/calais-refugees-defy-relocation-efforts

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