WRITE TO YOUR MP
Hundreds of refugees, including a large number of unaccompanied children, are sleeping rough in Calais, facing inhumane conditions, police violence and citizen abuse. Many of the children in the area might be eligible for family reunification in the UK under the Dublin regulation, and many more could be protected through the Dubs scheme.
With the upcoming general election it is important that MP’s speak up for the rights of vulnerable people in displacement. You can find out how your MP has voted on important migration issues in the past at www.TheyWorkForYou.com.
Download our letter template and write to your MP asking them to support legislation that will address this grave child protection failure on the UK’s doorstep:
Or encourage your MP to take the 'Refugees Welcome Pledge' which calls on candidates in the 2017 General Election to remember the importance of refugee protection in current debates about immigration and to uphold the UK tradition of welcoming refugees fleeing war and persecution.
TWEET AT YOUR MP
You can reach your MP via Twitter too! Use our suggested tweets below, or write your own, to make sure your MP is aware of our latest research findings. We found that 56% of child refugees sleeping rough in Calais are former residents of the Calais 'Jungle' camp, which highlights the need for effective and timely action to make sure they are now finally provided with options to break out of this unhealthy and dangerous situation which no child should ever have to face.
Tweet your MP to raise awareness, calling on them to do more to protect child refugees:
Dear [@twitterhandle] 37% of #refugee children in Calais have family in UK, says @refugeedata Read: https://goo.gl/8cfau3 @tweet_your_MP
Dear [@twitterhandle] 99% of children sleeping rough in Calais are unaccompanied. Read @refugeedata: https://goo.gl/8cfau3 @tweet_your_MP
Dear [@twitterhandle] 97% of homeless #refugee children in Calais faced police violence. https://goo.gl/8cfau3 @refugeedata @tweet_your_MP
SUPPORT THE WORK ON THE GROUND
While a long-term solution is urgently needed, we need to make sure children are protected in the meantime. Alarmingly, these children still remain outside of state protection and official services in France. To fill some of this gap, the Mobile Youth Centre by Refugee Youth Service France aims to offer a safe space for minors, legal support, and information about asylum processes in Europe. Support their effort to protect children where authorities are failing.
Donate to Refugee Youth Service:
If you haven’t yet done so, read the full report Six Months On to learn more about the conditions faced by refugees and displaced people living in the Calais area.