The bus that connects the port town of Roscoff and the station of Morlaix stops in front of the station of Saint-Pol-de-Leon. In the parking lot, two cars of mobile gendarmerie are parked. The gendarmes carry out an identity check in the coach before opening the baggage compartment. Comment of a passenger: “Its the Gendarmes, it is for the migrants. This is our epoch. The gendarmes left, the driver pointed out that these identity checks were frequent, but that it was the first time that the baggage compartment had been opened.

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There, as elsewhere, controls have been reinforced since the destruction of the slum of Calais. A mobile gendarmerie reinforcement unit has moved to Roscoff, staying at the hotel, the generosity of taxpayers being infinite. Controls in the port, controls around the port, with gendarmerie vans on the heights when  the ferries are boarding, controls in the transports as we have just seen.

There are ferry connections from Roscoff to the United Kingdom (Plymouth) and Ireland (Cork and Rosslare). In the low season, there are three routes per week to the United Kingdom, in high season two per day, so there are fewer passing opportunities than Calais, with a crossing every 20 minutes. An occasional crossing point for a long time but which has became more attractive with the increase in the number of Exiles blocked at the British border in 2014, people settling there with the destruction of the southern part of the slum Of Calais in March 2016.


The story of solidarity reminds us of things that things that have happened in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region. One day, a member of the Collective of solidarity with the migrants of Morlaix, who lives in Roscoff, saw smoke coming out of an abandoned building. The next day, members of the collective came to see, and discovered a group of Exiles who settled there, in complete destitution. The collective supported them until the evacuation of the squat last December. Solidarity housing has been set up in June by a religious community.

Today, there are only a few people who have begun to apply for asylum. Invisible we do not know, but in the off-season, opportunities of passage are rare

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Théo van Rysselberghe : La pointe de Per Kiridec, Roscoff.

 

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