The news comes from the Reception and Orientation Centres (CAO – see here, here, here and there) of Cazères, between Toulouse and the Spanish border, and Nimes, where women expelled from Calais were sent after the destruction of the shantytown and the closure of the reception area for women and children at the Jules Ferry Centre.

In these two centres, they are facing increasing pressure to apply for asylum in France. Pressures in threats, threatened to be evicted from the center, threatened to be deported to their country. Or told lies, that they have to apply for asylum in order to go to the United Kingdom.

So the Exiles do not let themselves be lead on so easily, they demonstrated twice during the destruction of the shantytown to demand legal access to the United Kingdom (see here and there), they know how to organize collectively. But they are also isolated against social workers who explain that the Trêve Hivernal ( period of non eviction during the cold months) is not for them.

A little solidarity would therefore be welcome, in the CAO, but also after their voluntary or forced exit. In a context where “smugglers” have strengthened their power.


3 November 2016, Jules Ferry centre , Calais : Eviction of the occupants of the women’s and children’s shelter.