Differences in attitudes between the prefectures, the individualized nature of the procedures, and the difficulty of certain humanitarian actors to consider Exiles as political subjects carrying their own demands, make the ongoing  effervescence of Reception and Orientation centres (CAO – see here, here, here and there) where those evicted from the shantytown of Calais and the Paris camps were sent , and around the application of the European Dublin III regulation (see here, here, here, here, here,and there)

The “promise of Cazeneuve”, firstly, not to place those evicted from the Calais shantytown in the Dublin procedure, which provides for the deportation to another European country when it is responsible for the asylum application according to the Dublin III regulation, and then not to use coercion to deport, has been succeeded by the “promise of Leroux” not to use coercion. This was followed by contrasting attitudes of the prefectures, some renouncing the Dublin procedure, while others have been increasing the number of house arrests to prepare for deportations. In addition, there are psychological pressures on the part of staff to discourage any form of collective resistance on the part of the people housed.

The situation in the CAOs has brought out more broadly the issue of this Dublin III regulation, which generally has the effect of allowing deportations to the countries of entry into the European Union (Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, and to Greece which are scheduled to restart on the 15th March) which do not respect the rights of asylum-seekers and refugees.

For example, here is a petition to support an Afghan exile who is likely to be deported to Bulgaria and we invite you to sign:


Or this call for a support gathering coming from the Ardèche:

Three young Sudanese residents in Lamastre threatened with deportation

Call for support rally Tuesday 7 March from 9 am to 11 am in front of the Privas prefecture

On Tuesday morning, 7 March, Adam, Mohammed and Taher, three young adults of Sudanese origin have been summoned by the Prefecture, who will hand over transfer notifications during their interviews, allowing them to be removed to Italy where they have given their fingerprints, and which is according to the Dublin III regulation the country responsible for their asylum applications.

There is no real appeal, even if the law permits one. Indeed, Italy is considered a “safe country” for asylum seekers, and they have no family in France. In these circumstances, a legal challenge would be a prejudicial waste of time for them.

They do not want to return to Italy, where the material conditions of reception, whatever the government and Europe may say, are execrable. They took the risk of passing through France, where they were able to find a little respite, first in the north, and now here in the Ardèche. They began to breathe a little, to learn French, to make friends. In this context, it would be catastrophic for them to be sent to Italy, where they do not know anyone, do not speak the language, have no place to go, and where the influx of applicants makes it very unlikely they have real possibilities to seek asylum under good conditions. They need to rebuild, and for this they need stability, not being sent back from one country to another like balls on a tennis court.

We therefore call to come as many as possible to the Prefecture on 7th March at 9 am, in order to inform the state services that they are not alone, and that if deportations from French territory there will be, It will not be done in silence.

The support committee of Adam, Mohammed and Taher … and others


Paul Gauguin : Paysage tahitien.