Call for action in solidarity with migrants in Calais

September 25, 2009

No Borders logoNo Borders London is calling for supporters to join a demonstration to protest the clearance of the Calais migrants’ camp. The protest is scheduled to take place at 5.30pm, on Tuesday 29th September 2009, outside the French Embassy, 58 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7JT. (StreetMap)

Via No Borders London:

On the morning of Tuesday 22nd September, French police bulldozed the area known as the ‘jungle’ in Calais where migrants were living, destroying their homes and possessions and detaining around 300 people, including 132 children. Other migrants left before they could be detained, and have been driven to sleep rough on the streets of Calais, Paris and elsewhere.

UK Home Secretary expressed his ‘delight’ at this devestating move by the French authorities, as it aims to stop migrants reaching the UK. Immigration Minister Phil Woolas falsely claimed that ‘genuine’ refugees would claim asylum at the first EU country they came to, regardless of whether they had familiy in other countries – and ignoring the fact that many migrants had not had the chance to claim asylum had they wanted to. European countries which migrants commonly travel through to reach France and the UK do not adhere to the UNHCR guidelines on hosting refugees. In Greece, fewer than 1% of asylum claims were accepted last year, while in Italy thousands were intercepted and turned away without even having their claims looked at.

We believe people should have freedom to move and live where they choose. We believe that adults and children should not be detained against their will, having committed no crime. In solidarity with migrants in Calais and everywhere, we demand that the French authorities release the 300 people that are being detained!

For regular updates on the situation in Calais, visit

Clearance of Calais camp

(Image via BBC News)


2 Responses to “Call for action in solidarity with migrants in Calais”

  1. John Franklin Says:

    There absolutely needs to be an alternative to these squalid camps built by refugees. The UK and France should show a little more consideration for the human rights of these migrants.

    Link to report Clearing the Jungle in France

  2. Youngsook Says:

    This is another example of that our bodies are not ours. They belong to the state :-(

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