Back in October the French authorities ordered the dismantling of the “Jungle” migrant camp near Calais. The camp was duly razed and its inhabitants dispersed, but the “refugees” didn’t abandon hope of getting through the Chunnel to Britain — they just relocated to other spots nearby.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this article from François de Souche:
Calais: two months later, camps reappear and migrants return in greater and greater numbers
Migrants — mostly returning from reception and guidance centers to which they had been conducted after the dismantling of the “Jungle” — are building new, more discreet camps under very precarious conditions.
Several hundred illegal immigrants returned to Calais some two months after the dismantling of the “Jungle” at the end of last October, says The Independent. According to the British newspaper, they are housed in six camps in rural areas away from major roads, in makeshift huts — and their number has been steadily increasing in the last few days.
Many of them are minors whose asylum applications have been rejected by the British government: after being diverted into reception and orientation centers (CAOs), they decided to cross to France to try their luck again in Calais.
“There are more and more people coming back, and just this week, there are dozens of them who have arrived; It can only continue and accelerate,” says Julien Muller, volunteer of the association Terre d’errance, who intervenes in one of these “secret camps” located in Norrent-Fontes, 43 miles from Calais. About 130 people live there, and even though it has in reality existed since 2008, it is only since the dismantling of the “Jungle” that it began to grow.