Calais

An Update From Calais And The Refugee Community Kitchen

Arthur Peirce | Posted 22.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

A few months ago I wrote about the work of Refugee Community Kitchen, a charity in Calais responsible for providing food to the hundreds of refugees in and around the city and Dunkirk. Since 2015 RCK has prepared, cooked, and delivered almost 600,000 meals. They serve hot, nourishing food daily, and like most of the refugee charities in Calais, they rely entirely on donations and volunteers.

It's Two Years Since Alan Kurdi's Body Washed Ashore - And Refugees Are Still Being Forgotten

Josie Naughton | Posted 02.09.2017 | UK
Josie Naughton

People are still drowning trying to find sanctuary, refugee families will once again, two years on, be sleeping in tents in Europe this winter. Women in Greece still have no nappies for their children, families unable to reunite because of bottlenecks in systems. A generation of children are growing up without an education. We in Western Europe live in of the wealthiest corners of the world, and it is heartbreaking that our leaders and organisations whose job it is to work in crises like this are no closer to helping those who need it most.

Eight Months On, A Reflection On The Calais Jungle

Jamie Bell | Posted 13.07.2017 | UK
Jamie Bell

My memories of the Jungle are now eight months old and have been somewhat clouded by the harrowing stories of our clients as well as the hundreds of hours put into representing them since our visits. Last week, however, these memories came flashing back.

The Refugee Community Kitchen

Arthur Peirce | Posted 17.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

We all believe it is a moral duty to help those in need. Indeed, when I was last in Calais, this was put succinctly by a fellow volunteer who said (paraphrasing): "Being in the position to help, is exactly the same thing as being obligated to".

The Fires In Dunkirk Were An Entirely Preventable Catastrophe

Benny Hunter | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Benny Hunter

The only home had by some 1,500 men women and children has been reduced to ashes. This is a dire and deeply tragic situation, that was entirely preventable. It is important to remember, these are not criminals to be interned, but individuals experiencing the deepest tragedy of their lives, fleeing war, persecution and violence. They don't need our pity, but they deserve dignity and respect, because without this, their suffering will only be intensified.

Bulldozing The Calais 'Jungle' Did Not Solve The Challenge Of Migrants On The Move - It Merely Displaced It

Diane Abbott | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Child refugees have been emphatically failed by the British government. Wanting to help children is a worthy impulse. But in the end we have to engage with, both the children and, their families. Waves of migrants are moving across Western Europe driven by war and famine. So far European governments have tried to deal with the problem with barbed wire, walls, bulldozing encampments and criminalising the migrants themselves. There has to be a better and more sustainable response. We need much more genuine co-operation between European governments, whether they are in Schengen or not. Sadly, with Britain leaving the EU, better co-operation seems further away than ever.

The Refugee Crisis In Calais: Forgotten But Not Gone

Adam Isaacs | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK
Adam Isaacs

It had been about five months since my last visit to Calais, volunteering in the warehouse and visiting the 'Jungle' camp. Hundreds of volunteers line...

How Volunteering With Help Refugees UK Helped Relieve My Depression And Made My World Bigger

Charles Howe | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Charles Howe

In 2016 I experienced a lot of change and found myself fumbling from one job to another; signing the dotted line on yet another zero hour contract. I wanted remain but lost and my mind became hazy. I felt detached until it suddenly occurred to me that what I really wanted to do was something fulfilling, constructive and meaningful.

The Mayor Of Calais Has Banned Food Distribution To Refugees - A Response And A Plea For Harmony

Arthur Peirce | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

I feel the resolution to this refugee crisis, and all global crises is with kindness. There ultimately needs to be infrastructure to provide for the care of the refugees. Whether this is with the full support of major NGOs or the UN, or simply local communities welcoming refugees in with arms open.

Home Office Set To Review Asylum Claims From Children In The Calais 'Jungle' Camp

The Huffington Post | Martha Gill | Posted 20.02.2017 | UK Politics

Child refugees who have been turned away from the UK could have their cases reviewed, as the Home Office comes under pressure over the early closure o...

The UK's Abandonment Of Child Refugees Is A Disgrace For Us All

Asher Kessler | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Asher Kessler

Over the summer I spent some time working with refugees in northern Greece. Most of my hours in the camp were spent listening to people, whether about their story of crossed continents, the loved ones they were trying find or simply the daily problems they faced.

Calais Volunteers Take On Amber Rudd's 'Shameful' Halting Of Child Refugee Scheme

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK

More than 50,000 people are calling on Home Secretary Amber Rudd to “respect the rights of young refugees” after the government ditched its scheme...

Away From The Politics, Here's The Potentially Deadly Reality Of Halting The Dubs Amendment

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 11.02.2017 | UK

Campaigners working in Calais have said the Government’s sudden decision to stop taking in lone child refugees is “shameful” and “cruel”, as...

The Government's Betrayal Of Refugees, And Us

Arthur Peirce | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Politics
Arthur Peirce

The history of Syria is not a peaceful one, even before the current civil war, Syria had been ruled by the iron fist of dictators, the people suffering from heavy sectarian violence. Though the land it occupies has been home to people for thousands of years, the country of Syria is less than a century old, and herein lies the key to its bloody history.

The Myth Of Post-Brexit Strong Borders, The Deceit Of Remain And Brexit Politicians

Chris Hobbs | Posted 08.02.2017 | UK Politics
Chris Hobbs

Doubtless both the 'Remainers and Brexiteers' will ignore the very real issues stated above while, if asked to comment, the Home Office will produce its usual bland spin along the lines of; 'the Home Office is committed to strong borders and we are confident we have the resources to cope with all eventualities post Brexit.'

Young People Are Still Dying In Calais

Benny Hunter | Posted 13.02.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Benny Hunter

I returned to Calais this past week, several months since the eviction of the refugee camp that had once existed there. I hoped to find the port returned to its former slumber, a tourist town of not much of note once again - but instead I found that the refugee crisis in the North of France is far from over.

My Foster Daughter The Refugee

Debbie Williams | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Parents
Debbie Williams

The day she arrived at my home I opened the door to find a pretty little girl that looked very thin and scared. The social worker was holding her hand and she looked terrified. I was told she couldn't speak English so I was mindful of my body language and facial expressions. If she couldn't understand English, she would understand love and affection.

Children Continue To Arrive In Calais With Nothing: Why My Christmas Shopping Looks Different This Year

Clare Moseley | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Moseley

This week five boys arrived with us (Care4Calais) from Eritrea. Three of them are 16 years old, one is 15 and one is 17. I try hard not to get perso...

750 Children From The Calais 'Jungle' Have Been Brought To Britain

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK

More than 750 children have been brought to the UK under the government’s scheme to transfer youngsters from the ‘Jungle’ refugee camp. Minist...

After Calais Eviction, Child Refugees 'Abandoning New Homes' To Come To UK Illegally

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK

Child refugees, who used to live in the squalid Calais Jungle camp, are leaving new homes in France and sleeping rough because they don’t believe au...

Life After Calais For The Kids Of 'The Jungle'

Benny Hunter | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK
Benny Hunter

Every day that they hear nothing draws them closer to despair. Without hope of reaching the UK by legal routes, more vulnerable children like Dawit will decide to take their fate into their own hands, leaving them homeless in Europe during the freezing Winter months.

Emergency Medical And Dental Care In The Demolished Jungle

Ali Amir | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ali Amir

Having set off from Cardiff on Friday evening, we had no idea of whether we would even make it to Calais due to heightened security on the border and media reports suggesting that the refugee camp in Calais had been demolished; all refugees had apparently been relocated across France. However, we arrived safely in Calais via the euro tunnel with our car stuffed with clothes, medications and dental materials.

What Now For The Unaccompanied Calais 'Jungle' Children Arriving In The UK?

Sarah Richardson | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK
Sarah Richardson

Surely we have not become so desensitised to the images of war and displaced children on our TV screens that we cannot extend compassion to children so much less fortunate than our own. If the boot was on the other foot how would we feel if these were our children needing to be looked after?

Not Challenging Immigration Rhetoric Now Will Lead Society Down A Dark Path

Bradley Allsop | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

For every single one of us that stands up, another child receives a pair of shoes or a warm meal, another mind is changed and heart softened and, as more of us do so, another politician starts to listen and has a reason to speak about migration in a different way. In a world that screams at us not to care, not to challenge, not to go against the crowd, be brave and take a stand. Human lives are at stake.

Dear The Daily Mail: Here In Devon, We Welcome Refugees

Ewan Somerville | Posted 01.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ewan Somerville

I sincerely hope that the refugees that have arrived here in North Devon are unaware of the words that are being written in some quarters in the British press. What is certain is that we could not have done more to welcome these children, and I feel proud to have played my part by speaking out, ensuring their new lives here in the UK are the best they can possibly be.