Migrants in Calais

Calais: scaling up of the apparatus for receiving and guiding migrants

Following the Conseil d’État's* decision, the Minister of the Interior has announced the scaling up of the apparatus in place in Calais. He also responded to the report from the NGO Human Rights Watch.
[2 August 2017] The Government is fully engaged in improving the reception conditions of asylum seekers and controlling migration flows, in keeping with the comprehensive plan presented by the Prime Minister on 12 July.
The reception apparatus currently in place in Calais will be scaled up as of this week to improve the guidance given to migrants based on their administrative situation – bearing in mind the need to avoid permanent camps being set up again in the zone.
  • Migrants' living and hygiene conditions: associations will organise mobile distribution points to ensure better access to water (meals, showers, toilets).
  • Assistance for minors: an agreement between the Pas-de-Calais Prefecture and association France Terre d’Asile plans to bolster resources channelled towards identifying and assisting unaccompanied minors in Calais.
  • Housing for migrants: a new type of reception centre is due to be opened on two sites within the next ten days in Hauts-de-France, not least to enable the fast-track examination of incoming migrants' administrative situations.
Lastly, with regard to the report from the NGO Human Rights Watch, the Minister of the Interior drew attention to the particularly challenging context in which law enforcement officers are required to work. Since the start of the year, some 18,000 attempts to illegally enter the port of Calais and the Channel tunnel and over 12,000 attempts to board freight vehicles have been recorded.
The Government heeds the concerns of some associations over allegations of police violence, however: a report on law enforcement intervention conditions in Calais has thus been commissioned from the General Government Inspectorate (IGA), General National Police Inspectorate (IGPN) and General National Gendarmerie Inspectorate (IGGN).
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* Supreme administrative court which also advises the Government on legislation.