Tuesday 12 July - UNICEF UK, Citizens UK, and Help Refugees have today responded to reports of another planned eviction in the Calais refugee camp.
Lily Caprani, Deputy Executive Director at Unicef UK, said:
“Reports of another eviction are deeply worrying and risk leaving hundreds of children destitute, many of whom have a right to be reunited with family in the UK. This will cut off any hope of a safe and legal route, which they’re entitled to, and effectively drive them onto the train tracks and into the backs of lorries.
“For the refugees who’ve left their homes fleeing conflict, these reports must come as another blow to their hopes of reaching safety. If any eviction does go ahead, there must be robust plans to safeguard the hundreds of children currently stranded in the camp.”
George Gabriel, Lead Organiser at Citizens UK, said:
“We’ve seen a demolition like this before. Calais is still strewn with rubber bullets and tear gas canisters and we’re terribly worried about the fate of the children in the camp. The British Government must act to ensure the hundreds of children with a legal right to reach Britain, whether under family reunion laws or the Lord Dubs amendment, are protected and brought here before any demolition proceeds.”
Josie Naughton, Co-founder of Help Refugees, said:
“This is absolutely terrible news. Hundreds of children went missing the last time French police moved in to evict the camp. That is sure to happen again unless British officials act to ensure these children are protected.”
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About Citizens UK:
Citizens UK is the national home of community organising – a network of over 350 faith groups, schools and colleges that work together for the common good. They have been campaigning on the Syrian crisis for over 18 months and created www.refugees-welcome.org.uk to help coordinate the public’s response. So far Citizens UK efforts to persuade councils to participate in resettling Syrian refugees have persuaded 44 councils to offer 3,097 places. They’ve identified 700 private landlords who are offering properties, persuaded a dozen universities to offer £3.5 million of scholarships for refugees and successfully challenged the Prime Minister to resettle at least 1,000 people before Christmas.