About The Situation
The UK's juxtaposed border arrangements and increased security measures have created a ‘bottle-neck’ scenario in Northern France, whereby the hostile climate appears to deter prospective asylum seekers from wanting to stay in France, with liminal and precarious conditions acting as a strong impetuous for people to try and get to the UK at any cost. Yet at the same time the same border security arrangements further diminish people's ability to reach the UK safely. The conditions in Northern France, which are currently characterised by precarity, police violence (including the regular use of tear gas, intimidation tactics and sleep deprivation) detention, and the obstruction and criminalisation of aid, must be replaced by humane reception conditions for prospective asylum seekers.
In Northern France, we are focusing specifically on bringing about expanded safe and legal routes, in particular for minors. Moreover, we are working collaboratively with grassroots organisations to ensure increased support and protection for women and girls, including but not limited to provision of sexual and reproductive health and rights services, as well as safeguarding systems. We are also looking at conditions in detention centres, and the humanitarian conditions in the region overall, as these are proving to be deteriorating further.