The Long Wait : Filling the data gaps relating to refugees and displaced people in the Calais camp

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« Our research shows a significant number of children living in the Calais camp - whether with a family member or unaccompanied.


It is deeply concerning that the majority of these children — 59.7% — were living in the camp unaccompanied. Only 6.7% reported being with their mother and/or father. Some 14% were in the camp with at least one brother. 5.8% of the children surveyed were living with one or more sisters, and 3.4% claimed to be in Calais with other relatives, primarily uncles.
Safety is a major problem for children in the camp, with 61.1% reporting that they ‘never feel safe’. The reasons for this tend to mirror their adult peers — including police violence, citizen violence, fights within the camp, health issues, and concerns that the camp could one day be demolished. One 16-year-old expressed his emotions through the following statement : “In Afghanistan there’s 80% to die, here there’s 100% chance”.


The research results suggest that 44.5% of the children interviewed in Calais wanted to come to the UK to be reunited with family members. This suggests that many unaccompanied children in the camp may be qualify for inclusion under the Dublin III regulation, enabling them to claim asylum in the UK because it is in their best interests. »

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