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After Calais: Tracing the paths of the Jungle’s refugees

After Calais: Tracing the paths of the Jungle’s refugees

International, News, Opinion, Politics, ReportingWeek2, Uncategorized
“The 'Jungle' smelled of freshly baked bread and CS gas. I could not breathe and went down. An Afghan who was running in the same direction grabbed me and supported me to the back garden where there was a bit of air”, says Chiara Lauvergnac, one of the activists in Paris from London. In the final days of the Calais Jungle demolition, over 10,000 refugees were ordered to relocate in one week by riot police squads armed with flashballs, gas grenades, rubber bullets, automatic rifles, water cannons, armoured vehicles, truncheons and gas spray bottles. “Usually the camp got gassed towards the end of the day - you could climb the hill to try escape the gas clouds and watch the sunset from there, with gas grenades falling all around,” she continued. After the destruction of the camp, she says
Yarl’s Wood: The fight to shut down UK’s nightmare detention centre

Yarl’s Wood: The fight to shut down UK’s nightmare detention centre

Culture, News, Opinion, Politics, ReportingWeek1, Uncategorized
“We are helpless, we are broken, please let us out! We want to go to our children” The screams from inside Yarl’s Wood detention centre are followed by silence, before shouts of “Shame! Shame on you Serco!” ring out in a deafening roar from 2,000 protesters. A fence separates the protesters from the 410 female inmates held inside the privately run immigration centre in Bedfordshire, one of 13 in the UK. As the drums and chants of “Shut down Yarl’s Wood” resume, a lonely strip of black cloth waves from inside the centre in solidarity: the only visible sign of life from the where women refugees and asylum seekers held there indefinitely. Set up in 2001, the Yarl’s Wood detention centre, run by Serco, describes itself as ‘a fully contained residential centre housing adult women and adult f
Refugee Crisis: hosting a refugee

Refugee Crisis: hosting a refugee

Politics
There were 10,156 asylum applications in the UK during the third quarter of 2015. At the same period in 2014 there were less than 7,000 (source: refugeecouncil.org).This increase of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK poses the problem of accommodation. While waiting for an asylum decision, asylum seekers are not allowed to work so accommodation is provided by the government, according to a research briefing from the House of Commons Library. If an asylum seeker gets the status of refugee then he is “eligible to work and access mainstream welfare benefits” and needs to find accommodation.     According to the Refugee Council charity, around 36% of the asylum decisions made gives the status of refugee. Since 2014, there were during each quarter between 2,000 an
London volunteers do what they can in the Calais ‘Jungle’

London volunteers do what they can in the Calais ‘Jungle’

Experience, Politics, Specials
It was the day before the bulldozers moved in when I joined a group of London volunteers and walked the mud streets of the notorious French refugee camp known as the 'Jungle'. The Calais Jungle is home to an estimated 2,000 to 5,000* refugees described in recent months by UK Prime Minister, David Cameron as a "bunch of migrants". There is little doubt that life in the Jungle is brutal with harsh living conditions that swirl in a cauldron of mud enclosed by the razor wire security fencing paid for by the UK Government. The Jungle sprawls out from under the French motorway flanked by two chemical plants pumping out noxious-looking clouds over a 'new camp' of converted shipping containers planted on a toxic industrial wasteland. This 'new camp' will be home to some 1,500 inhabit