The Emmaus movement is committed to the situation in Calais. We remember the demonstration on 18 December 2014 against the “wall of shame” (see here, also in English, here and here in French only), clear positions in relation to the policy of non-reception of the government, those communities throughout France stood together to bring humanitarian aid to Calais, but also to witness and to make known what happens there. On October 24, the first day of the destruction of the slum in Calais, some people from Emmaus were banned the access to the site: the government does not like witnesses or solidarity.

Emmaus France, Emmaus International and the Organization for Universal Citizenship have also launched a campaign to respect the Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (see here and here, both in French). In August 2015, a symbolic action was carried out to promote this campaign, the crossing of the Strait of Gibralta done by Maria Guerra and Alain Gomez, one by kayak, the other swimming. A new crossing is scheduled for September 2017, this time with fifty participants, kayaking and swimming.

But also right now, Michel Fédérico, a companion of Emmaus, is crossing France on foot to raise awareness on the idea of freedom of movement. He left Toulouse on 27 December and will arrive in Paris, Place de la Republique, on 22 January.

You may also sign and share the petition “STOP to murderous migratory policies and FOR the application of Article 13”:

Article 13

Article 13.

(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
(2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.