New Calais census released – 700 children in Calais, 78% on their own

New Calais census released – 700 children in Calais, 78% on their own

Help Refugees and L’Auberge des Migrants conducted a recent census on the Calais “Jungle” and found that there are currently 6,123 people living in the refugee camp, with numbers constantly rising.

We found that 700 are children, 78% of whom are unaccompanied. The youngest child in the camp is just four months old and the youngest unaccompanied minor is ten years old. The 544 unaccompanied children in the camp are now eligible for resettlement in the UK under Dubs Amendment – please click here to find out how you can support efforts to bring them to safety.

Other notable findings:

  • There are over 20 different nationalities in the refugee community. The largest groups are from Afghanistan (36%) and  Sudan (32%), with 5% coming from Ethiopia and 3% from Syria.
  • There has been a 32% increase in unaccompanied minors in the last month. If this rate of increase continues, by the end of the summer there could be 1,000 unaccompanied minors living in the camp.
  • Many Ethiopians come from the Oromo area, which has witnessed a brutal crackdown by authorities since November of last year. This Human Rights Watch report details the deteriorating security situation that has prompted many to flee.

 

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We would not be able to do our work without your support and kindness. Many of the refugees we help are fleeing the conflict zones of Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan. Others are trying to escape political oppression in countries like Eritrea. All are human beings like us. As well as providing immediate physical assistance, we want to help refugees maintain their dignity.

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