This press release has its starting point in Norrent-Fontes, a small town of Pas-de-Calais whose exiles camp is threatened with eviction. It reflects of course a local mobilisation:
Resistance fields, Saturday, September 10 from 11:30 to 19h, in Norrent-Fontes.
Support at the court of Béthunes, Wednesday, September 14 at 14h at the trial concerning the eviction.
But the evictions, with all that they contain violence through tearing and insécurisation, usually without resettlement, have increased this year, from Paris to the UK border.
One widely shared communiqué (you can download it here – in French) – automatic translation in English:
« Against destructive evictions
For the construction of a hospitality policy
September 8 2016
Between January and September 2016, in Paris, Calais, Cherbourg, Chocques, Dieppe and Steenvoorde, many camps were destroyed, survived where several hundred men, women and children.
A Norrent-Fontes, a camp where 250 exilé.e.s survive is threatened in turn. This specific location is yet inhabited since 2008, following an agreement between local authorities, associations and Exiles, after a decade of deleterious evictions. This camp, funded by the Ascended Hospital Network, like many others, was tolerated and accepted by the prefectural authorities now want to destroy the contempt of those who shelter there. The court hearing in Bethune will take place on Wednesday 14 September.
In Calais, the authorities are preparing the destruction of huts where people survive 9000. Yet it is precisely here that the same authorities decided to park those people in 2015, as far as possible in the life of the city, explicitly tolerant construction of these shelters. Despite the extremely difficult living conditions, exilé.e.s have organisé.e.s individually and collectively. A social life developed, threatened today, no alternative but wandering.
Since the closure of Sangatte camp in 2002, dozens of squatter evictions and settlements took place. It is clear that the same story is repeated again: the authorities open themselves or leave open the “tolerant places” to close the then more or less long term, announcing the worst end of a problem and, at best, solutions that are too often still inadequate and unworthy, very quickly show their limits.
The resurgence of these evictions / destruction in recent months is a sign of the obvious failure of inhospitality policies implemented by the state and some local politicians against exilé.e.s in transit.
Rather than thinking and experience suitable host devices, officials prefer to regularly move the slums, even worse.
We know this from experience: living places of deportations have never had other consequences that aggravate the insecurity of deportees who lose their belongings are scattered and condemned, yet most vulnerable, to wander in search a new shelter.
Without consultation or solutions, destruction of shelters destroyed as a social network.
Faced with the shortcomings of the state, there are many associations and individuals that support the exiles. humanitarian assistance, information on rights, access to health care, counseling and administrative support, etc. The living areas of destruction erase the spaces are found trustworthy people and reinforce the distrust of exilé.es against a state that is chasing them into the ditches, stores them in containers or forced to displacement CAD forced in the opposite direction of their migration route.
The destruction of shelters also intensifies the pressure and violence around the crossing points. The increase in fights between migrants groups around Angres, Chocques, Norrent-Fontes and even in Calais since the destruction of the southern part of last March slum is glaring proof.
Last but not the least, the speech accompanying such destruction crystallize and encourage xenophobic reactions. These destructions are disrespectful of people passing but also of those that remain, transforming the question of the reception problem and in making believe that it is enough to destroy the shelters to address this problem.
It is urgent to question this systematic policy of expulsion that has no meaning.
The undersigned organizations urge the authorities:
– A moratorium on evictions and destruction of shelter, so that appropriate solutions will not be reflected,
– Build hospitality. On the one hand, putting up houses for exilé.es Migrants in transit, close to various places of passage, like the current Prime Minister suggested the three years ago, and on the other hand, developing genuine hospitality programs in public for exilé.es remaining,
– Renegotiate with Britain the Touquet agreements that make deadly border
– To renegotiate the Dublin Regulation III prevents asylum seekers to submit their applications in the country of their choice, expensively and unnecessarily prolonged the time of consideration of the application and is the cause of many CAD departures, exiled. are afraid of being deported to countries they have crossed.
To denounce the current, inefficient and destructive policies and to defend the hospitality, the signatory organizations call
– Saturday, September 10 to participate in the festive day “stress fields” in camp Norrent-Fontes,
– Attend the hearing at Bethune court Wednesday, September 14 at 14h
Hauts de France:
ACC Minorités Visibles
Arras Solidarité Réfugiés
L’Auberge des Migrants
La Cabane Juridique / Legal Shelter
La Cimade – Nord/Picardie
Fraternité Migrants Bassin Minier 62
Gynécologie Sans Frontière – délégation Hauts de France
Ligue des Droits de l’Homme – Dunkerque
Médecins du Monde – Hauts de France
Secours Catholique – délégation du Pas-de-Calais
Secours Populaire – Vendin/Oblinghem
Terre d’Errance Steenvoorde
La Chapelle Debout
Association pour la Défense des Droits des Étrangers (ADDE)
CCFD Terre Solidaire
Fondation Abbé Pierre
Groupement Étudiant National d’Enseignement aux Personnes Incarcérées (GENEPI)
Observatoire de l’enfermement des étrangers (OEE)
Revue Pratiques, les Cahiers de la médecine utopique
Syndicat de la Médecine Générale
Syndicat de la Magistrature
Including CFDA (Coordination Française pour le Droit d’Asile) member organisations:
Groupe d’Information et de Soutien aux Immigrés (Gisti)
Jesuit Refugee Services (JRS) – France
Ligue des Droits de l’Homme (LDH)
Mouvement Contre le Racisme et Pour l’Amitié entre les Peuples (MRAP)
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