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While racial profiling controls continue in stations, parks and streets (see here, here and here), and the police shows proudly the expansive technologies that they use for hunting humans, nothing is clear about what the next move of the State in Calais will be.


The destruction of the shantytown meant also the evacuation of the two structures set up by the State, the container camp and the place to shelter for women and children in the Jules Ferry center. The containers are still standing where they used to be, and no one knows whether they will be taken down or not; and if some of the employees have been moved to other establishments of La Vie Active, the association that used to manage these two places, others are still employed without a clear idea of what will happen in the future.

The office to register asylum applications in the sub-prefecture of Calais has been closed since the beginning of the expulsion. People have appointments taken several months ago in order to register their application, or to renew their certificate, or have an appointment related to their Dublin procedure, where another country is responsible for their asylum claim. The office is closed, no one knows if it will reopen, the regional prefecture in Lille, which should follow up these appointments in case the office in Calais closes, turns back people to the closed office and shows all its lack of goodwill.

The administration is systematically absent, without prospects, unless we consider it limited to police forces, as if the destruction of the largest shantytown of France had also removed the city from the French territory.

am-strande-feiningerLyonel Feininger : On the beach.