The judgment on the eviction of the inhabitants, « of the about twenty migrants – Albanians for the majority – and the French homeless », of Neuville-lès-Dieppe camp took place on Monday December 26th, their eviction on Wednesday 28th.
In a statement, the Association Itinérance Dieppe summarises the evictions of the year and the circumstances of this one.
« NO CHRISTMAS TRUCE ON “HUNTING” MIGRANTS WHO CONTINUE TO GO TO DIEPPE …
In defiance of the most fundamental rights of hospitality and humanity, the hunting of migrants continues in Dieppe and is intensifying. Tomorrow, 26 December, a further expulsion may take place. The judgment will be given in the course of the day to find out if the 30 migrants who live in an industrial wasteland around the port will be again expelled to nowhere … This stalking, which is close to harassment, has lasted now for almost a year:
– The first expulsion had taken place on 1 April: a hundred migrants had been expelled from their camps under the cliffs by the Joint Union of the port of Dieppe, that is to say, the Region, Agglomeration and the City of Dieppe.
– 1 July 2016: The Dieppe Chamber of Commerce and Industry evicted 120 Albanian migrants living under the cliffs between Dieppe and Puys, from a humanitarian camp erected thanks to donations from Médecins Sans Frontières.
During the summer, migrants were spread out in small, diffuse encampments in the city, in parks and on wasteland, sleeping in small Quechua tents. The harassment of the migrants then continued: almost every night, the municipal and national police forces dislodged them from their small tents, confiscating their personal belongings and their Quéchuas to intimidate them and force them to leave. Identity checks and arrests flourished.
– November 2016: the Chamber of Commerce again ordered the expulsion of about thirty Albanians installed this time on a ground above the cliffs, and the City council of Dieppe also evicts, manu militari, two small encampments located on municipal land in the Coteaux district.
With the arrival of winter, the living conditions have become more and more rough, the small tents Quéchua are no longer enough. At the beginning of December, some thirty migrants settled in the buildings of a disused factory near the port, on a closed and isolated ground. Far from eyes, they do not bother anybody, and are a little more sheltered from rain, wind and frost. They also have close access to drinking water. It is a private land belonging to an SCI which, without further ado, and probably “well advised” in high places, begins an rapid eviction procedure. Thanks to a convincing statement by Maitre Capitaine at the hearing of December 15th, the Tribunal’s decision is adjourned to December 26. Will they be thrown on the streets again tomorrow?
In Dieppe, we”hunt”, we “track down” the migrant, especially the Albanian migrant, incriminating him for all the evils of the earth. Behind this “we”, there is mainly the State and the City Council of Dieppe, which use discriminatory discourses, unacceptable with regard to human rights, and which recall very dark periods of our history. Speeches by “officials”, which are also relayed by some other humanitarian associations and local institutions, and which flatter the lowest instincts of the population. These speeches can only incite rejection and racial hatred and put oil on the fire.
No ! Let it be shouted loud and clear: Albanian migrants, who for the most part benefit from the protection linked to their status as asylum seekers, are not “mafioso” that must be persecuted! The Albanian mafia exists, but as there are mafias and networks of smugglers among all nationalities in migration situations (Afghans, Kurds, Iraqis, etc …), in all ports and in all countries … And Albanian migrants in Dieppe are rather poor victims than actors. They are much more to be pitied and to support than to blame or persecute …
Pissarro : The fishmarket, Dieppe (2).