On 9th December, the British authorities announced the end of the operation allowing minors expelled from Calais to legally enter British territory. Just under five hundred were accepted. The perspective for the others is integration into the French child welfare system, after a new assessment of their minority, this time in accordance with the methods provided for by French regulations. We do not know which departments are ready to host them. In most cases, perhaps all, minors do not have access to independent legal advice to have their rights recognised.
The most likely is that those whose project is still to join the United Kingdom will either leave the centres – or have already left them.
It is by the local press that we hear that the minors from the center of Batz-sur-Mer, in the Loire-Atlantique, left behind by the Home Office, demonstrated to ask to go to the United Kingdom.
André Derain : Big Ben.