Calais

Calais Migrants 'Should Be Able To Claim British Asylum While In France'

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 29.08.2016 | UK

Migrants in Calais should be able to claim British asylum while in France, a senior French politician has said. Xavier Bertrand, president of the Ha...

Sowing One Million Poppies In A Refugee Camp

Caroline Gregory | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK
Caroline Gregory

As I went about my daily business in camp and across the no-man's land, I started dropping poppy seeds everywhere I went. I filled my pockets and sprinkled them gradually, one million seeds in total, zigzagging across the open space and throughout the narrow alleyways between tents and shelters.

Step-Britain: A Mother's View on Refugees and Responsibilites

SJ Snelson | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK
SJ Snelson

It is time to step up and be the step country these children need. I am talking about those 95,000 unaccompanied child refugees, 10,000 of which are...

#RefugeesWelcome in Birmingham

Ciara Cohen-Ennis | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Ciara Cohen-Ennis

The 20th-26th June marked Refugee Week. Many events took place over the course of the week to celebrate refugees in Birmingham, such as the Celebratin...

The Level Of Sex Abuse And Violence Against Calais Refugee Kids Is Truly Shocking

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK

Children living in refugee camps in northern France are being subjected to sexual exploitation, violence and forced labour on a daily basis, a Unicef ...

UK Must Act Now to Protect the Children of Calais and Dunkirk From the Horror of Exploitation

Michael Sheen | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK
Michael Sheen

Today the cost of crossing the English Channel has never been higher. Unicef's research estimates that smugglers and traffickers are now charging between £4,000 and £5,500 per person but for unaccompanied children, unable to pay these huge sums of money, this has forced them to take even more significant risks from committing crimes to raise the money to hiding in the back of refrigerated lorries.

The Kids Who Call 'The Jungle' Home - The Shocking Refugee Camps on Our Doorstep

Stuart McDonald | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Politics
Stuart McDonald

Men, women and children in shanty town refugees camps on the border between two of Europe's wealthiest nations! It should not be normal and certainly not permanent - it should shock us all.

Child Refugees - We Must Not Turn Our Backs

Yvette Cooper | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Politics
Yvette Cooper

Some 95,000 children and teenagers in Europe as part of the refugee crisis are alone with no one to look after them. Alf Dubs amendment - which had overwhelming cross party support in the House of Lords - asks Britain to take just 3,000 of those children, so we do our bit to help. Because urgent help is needed. Thousands are sleeping rough because children's homes are full and child protection services are overwhelmed. They face huge risk from cold, sickness, abuse, exploitation, violence and rape.

Seven Months in the Calais 'Jungle'

Liz Clegg | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK
Liz Clegg

In these seven months I've been working day and night in the Calais camp, first carrying out distributions of tents, sleeping bags, clothes and shoes from the back of my truck to the thousands of refugees arriving, most of whom who had nothing.

This Woman And Her Daughter Were At The Other End Of A Text That Saved A Refugee Boy's Life

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK

Kids gather around as I talk to the British woman who has become a surrogate mother to so many refugee children. She holds one little boy close. He is...

Eleven-Year-Old Boy Goes Missing and the World Is Complicit In Its Silence

Lliana Bird | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Lliana Bird

On Wednesday 30 March an 11-year-old child named Kareem went missing. He had brown hair, a cheeky smile, and wore a little pink hoody. You won't have heard about his disappearance though, because, you see, he's a refugee. Not a white skinned, blonde haired, blue eyed little girl. He is little boy from Afghanistan who had travelled half way across the world alone to reach the 'safety' of first world France. He was also just one of the hundreds of unaccompanied children in Calais that the world seems to have conveniently forgotten.

Why I'm Spending Easter With Refugees in Calais

Anne McLaughlin | Posted 28.03.2016 | UK Politics
Anne McLaughlin

On Monday afternoon myself and three SNP MPs from the Westminster SNP Justice and Home Affairs Team will arrive with a delegation of experts on refugee matters including two refugees themselves. We will spend four days bearing witness to what's really going on over there. We're expecting it to be painful.

Moving Legs, Money and Minds

Harriet Symes | Posted 22.03.2016 | UK
Harriet Symes

In October I was moved enough by this feeling to go and learn more and offer what I could in terms of help in the Calais refugee camp. Although I learnt a huge amount about the conditions of the camp and individual's traumas, I felt bewildered and lost and spent most of the 10 days that I was there, feeling like I was merely witnessing the situation rather than doing anything much to make it better.

Refugee's 'Hearts And Borders' Plea Moves Letters Live Audience To Tears

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 12.03.2016 | UK

A refugee's plea for Europe to open its "hearts and borders" brought a London audience to tears on the second night of the Letters Live series. The...

Meet Maya, Mamma to Thousands of Refugees in Calais' Jungle Camp

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

Maya showed me that any of us can be a refugee at some point in our lives. Any of us can lose everything we have, leave behind everything we know, suffer loss, face obstacles, experience struggle. But as long as we come together in support of one another, love and humanity will prevail.

Mothers' Day: This is No Time To Relax!

Karen Dobres | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK
Karen Dobres

Anyone else a bit fed up of emails telling you which bath products, flowers and chocolates to get your Mum for Mothers' Day? I mean, I can always do with a box of chocs, and so can my Mum, but this commercial onslaught is relentless. Before all the commerciality came, there was Mothering Sunday,* an early religious festival, but frankly that doesn't resonate with me either...

Louise Ridley

Hundreds Of Unaccompanied Children Are About To Disappear From Calais

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK

Hundreds of unaccompanied children are at risk of "completely disappearing" from the reach of aid workers when the Calais migrant camp is destroyed, a...

Desperate Calais Migrants Sew Their Lips Together As Knife Fight Breaks Out Nearby

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK

Warning: This article contains images and details which some may find distressing Migrants living in the Calais 'Jungle' are sewing their lips shut...

Hellish Scenes Overnight As Calais Jungle Burns

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK

Dramatic photos have shown the “Jungle” refugee camp at Calais ablaze after protests turned nasty overnight. Tensions were high in the French site...

Girl, 10, Pleads With PM Over Refugee Children Who 'Don't Deserve To Be Tear-Gassed'

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK

A ten-year-old girl was so moved by the sounds of refugee children screaming as they were tear gassed by police that she wrote a stern letter to David...

Fights Break Out Overnight In Calais As Riot Police Clash With Migrants

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK

Demolition teams are set to begin a second day dismantling shelters in the Calais 'Jungle' migrant camp. Overnight, police tear gas was used to dis...

The Government Must Protect the Unaccompanied Children in the Calais 'Jungle'

Tom Bailey | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Bailey

The demolition is expected to begin this week. There are real human lives at stake, and there is only a small window of opportunity to make them just a little better. That's why the government can, and must, act.

The Destruction of the Calais 'Jungle' and Europe's Short-term Memory

Heydon Prowse | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK
Heydon Prowse

In 1951, inspired by a mix of guilt and hope, governments around the world got together to write a Refugee Convention. It was sort of a blue print for...

From Northern Ireland to Northern France - Why I Can't Bear the Destruction of the Calais Camp

Eamonn Maguire | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Eamonn Maguire

It saddens me that I must now prepare myself to see the sudden loss and destruction of so many months of hard work put in by many volunteers and refugees who have come together to create a vibrant community providing essential services to those most in need.

Human Rights Law Could Save The Refugees We're Ignoring From Losing Their Homes

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti & George Bowden | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK

The Calais 'Jungle' migrant camp will be partially bulldozed but "communal" facilities such as churches and schools will survive, a judge in France ha...