As well as providing humanitarian aid, Calais Refugee Solidarity Bristol is committed to campaigning for the rights of refugees in northern France. CRSB has an active working group of volunteers, who aim to raise awareness on key issues impacting refugees and to take steps towards improving living conditions and access to means of safe passage.
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Calais refugee crisis worse than ever
Care4calais’s Spring report starkly describes the current appalling conditions of refugees, including sole children, in northern France. The conditions there now are far worse than in the Calais Jungle destroyed in November 2016.
Other charities have warned that the closure of legal routes into the UK, and absence of any adequate child safeguarding services in the region, is providing smugglers and people traffickers with a new consumer base coercing children into taking illegal routes involving large debts and exploitation.
Six months on from the closure of the Jungle, the latest Refugee Rights Data Project study has found that a large proportion of the refuge children in the area are unaccompanied and that the majority have suffered from police violence.