Calais continues to be an epicentre of the migration crisis across Europe. In and around the town lives an exiled youth, waiting for a better future.
Isolated minors are some of the most vulnerable individuals in this crisis. Since the eviction of the ‘jungle’, unaccompanied minors have started to return, alongside new arrivals, finding themselves without shelter. We think that there are now 500 migrants in Calais, including around 100 unaccompanied minors.
Since it was announced that Calais would no longer be a ‘point of fixation’ for displaced populations, repressive measures have been put in place to chase them out of town. There is no system to accommodate these children or any social workers in Calais to guide them. The means made available to the services responsible for the protection of children do not enable them to make regular contact with young people.
With our partners, Refugee Youth Servive, we are setting up an info bus. This mobile youth service will aim to establish a dialogue with displaced children. The bus will go to areas chosen by these children, and give them access to games, the internet, and legal advice if they need it. For this project, we have put together a child protection team, consisting of a jurist, a nurse, a social worker, former refugees and activity coordinators.
The aim of this dialogue is to improve the welfare of these young refugees, but also to make their journey in Europe safer in encouraging them to think about claiming asylum and taking a legal route into European countries. The bus will provide a secure and stable framework for conversing with a lawyer and initiating stabilization or legal procedures for entry into the UK or any other European country.
We need your support to achieve this project. Donated money will serve to:
- Employ French professionals
- To offer exciting and interesting activities to young people
- To engage refugees residing in France who could be able to carry out a mediation role in the language and culture of young people,
- To enable minors to contact their families in Europe and in their countries of origin,
- And to develop and maintain a vehicle that meets the specific needs of minors in Calais and surrounding camps.
Thank you from us, and thank you from them!