Care4calais’s Spring report starkly describes the current appalling conditions of refugees, including sole children, in northern France – conditions far worse than in the Calais Jungle destroyed in early November.
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 refugee children in the area are unaccompanied and that the majority have suffered from police violence including tear gas and beatings.
Current situation in Northern France:
- Families homeless with nowhere to go after the devastating fire at Dunkerque in April.
- At least 500 people sleeping rough in the Calais region, 150 of whom are unaccompanied children.
- Only three small camps providing inhumane conditions for 400-500 refugees in the Calais area.
- Scabies, fungal infections and gum disease are at an all time high – with little medical help.
- Nearly 2,000 unaccompanied minors scattered around France highly vulnerable to traffickers.
- 20,000 refugees passing through a dedicated Paris CAO catering for 400 per night.