The Jungle is Dead. Long Live the Jungle!

A year ago the “Jungle” migrant camp near Calais was demolished. But the migrants haven’t really departed, not all of them. Some of them moved up the coast to Grande-Synthe, while others are still near Calais, sleeping rough.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this TV report, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

00:00   All that’s left is a huge field of sand and dirt.
00:04   Quickly plowed, to make all traces of
00:08   the former Calais Jungle disappear. Almost ten thousand migrants
00:12   lived there. One year after the dismantlement, Christian Salome
00:16   finds that the problem is still not solved.
00:20   This shantytown had to be destroyed. It was a horrible thing; we all agree
00:24   on it; the only thing we don’t agree on, and
00:28   which was done, is that we need to take care of the people; one cannot just
00:32   destroy the habitations… —Because three hundred meters further up [325 yds] the migrants are
00:36   still there. Fewer of them. About a thousand between Calais
00:40   and Grande-Synthe. They all stay here, because they only have one wish:
00:44   get to the UK. The Afghans who come here all have
00:48   family in England. In the woods and no one’s land they created a new
00:52   jungle; but this time without sheds or tents. Muhammad,
00:56   36 years old, fled Afghanistan; arrived two months ago.
01:00   Check this, check this, this is my life.
01:04   Here we have nowhere to sleep. We don’t even have a shelter.
01:08   I live for the last
01:12   seven months in the jungle. It’s very difficult. I have no tent or
01:16   sleeping bag. The bad people from the police took everything away from me.
01:20   Because the two hundred and fifty
01:24   CRS [national police] present in Calais were ordered to show “zero tolerance”.
01:28   Tents, sleeping bags and blankets are systematically confiscated.
01:32   The goal: to avoid the creation of a new camp.
01:37   The other major mission of the police is prevent the migrants from getting in the trucks.
01:41   Like the resting space, monitored 24/7.
01:45   This causes us huge amounts of work. As much as when we had
01:49   the Jungle. Why? Because our mission changes. We used to have
01:53   between 15 and 20 roadblocks on the ring road.
01:57   During the interview a migrant is passing through the net and goes towards a truck.
02:01   There you have it! One more time you can see it
02:05   My colleagues will certainly have to intervene in order to
02:09   place him in the hands of the authorities, but again, we won’t be able to keep him.
02:13   In other words: those “candidates for exile” will try their luck again once they are released.
02:17   This truck driver is suffering because of that determination
02:21   almost every day. — They pass through the fence
02:25   and then they pass between the tractor and
02:29   the container. The intrusions are captured by the monitoring cameras.
02:33   On those pictures you can see a migrant leaving a truck when he realizes
02:37   that it’s not going in the UK. This employer is talking about a cost of
02:41   €2,000 per week. — Fixing the cut netting,
02:45   the merchandise possibly damaged; all that is at the company’s expense.
02:49   According to the associations and the police, 10-20 migrants manage
02:53   to cross the Channel every day. The others are patiently waiting their turn,
02:57   dreaming of those 50 last kilometers [31 miles] to travel to be able
03:01   to start their new life, at last.

3 thoughts on “The Jungle is Dead. Long Live the Jungle!

  1. “Bad people from the police”? How dare you! Did anybody ask you to come? No. So consider yourself happy to haven’t been shot on the spot and […]! And take every last of your kind with you.

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