Bernard Cazeneuve, the Home Secretary, seized the judge of State Council and called for a general condemnation of the organization of the “jungle of Calais”, the infamous refugee camp. He considers that the migrants’ situation is not the result of deficiency on his part. The decision is controversial, according to the NGO’s, ready to oppose their arguments in front of the State Council. The audience will begin on 19th November at 3 pm. The administrative court of Lille ordered on the 2nd November to realise many sanitary arrangements at the “jungle of Calais” where 4,500 people live on squalid conditions.
“No power and no duty” to install equipments
According to the text of the call, the state has “no power and no duty to install equipments of first necessity” on an illegally taken area, and all other interpretation would lead to the definition of legal obligation for the state to put savage camp and taken ground on illicit way”. Patrice Spinosi the lawyer of the NGOs says it’s surprising that, while the administrative judge ordered the humanitarian measures, the state is trying to fight the responsibility and limit its intervention on the camp”.
Anaïs Gres, IEJ3E Group2
On Tuesday 4th November, the French minister of Home Affairs signed a convention creating a new home center for the migrants, in Calais, north of France.
The border police are currently dealing with a massive increase of migrants within the last months. They were 800 a few months ago, but now they are more than 2300 migrants who are trying to reach the “British Eldorado”.
The new home center, intended for 400 people, is widely insufficient for the current situation.
In addition, the minister announced a police reinforcement, adding a hundred men to the existing forces. Seventy officers will be dispatched in the harbour area, and thirty in the city center.
The previous camp was open between 1997 and 2002. It helped more than 67 000 people transit from France to Britain, before the massive rush of migrants forced the government to shut it down. It could provide shelter for 200 people, but ended up crowded with more than 1600 migrants.
Local police officers claim that these initiatives are ill-oriented and a waste of resources against the migrants’ resolution to cross the border.
Marie Rolin, IEJ 3E.