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Europe’s Refugee Crisis: Unclear Future for Children from Calais’ Camp in France

Most of the migrants and refugees who lived in the camp aspire to go to Britain but priority has been granted to the most vulnerable children

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A migrant is seen in silhouette near flames from a burning makeshift shelter on the second day of the evacuation of migrants and their transfer to reception centers in France, as part of the dismantlement of the camp called the "Jungle" in Calais, France, Oct. 25, 2016. VOA
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Calais (France), October 26, 2016: The demolition of the camp that came to symbolise Europe’s refugee crisis is underway in Calais, France. Commonly known as “the jungle,” the camp has been home to an estimated 6,500 people, according to the French government, including 1,200 unaccompanied and separated children.

Some of those children are now being offered the chance to relocate to Britain. Nearly 200 will make the journey there including 150 who will be reunited with families already living there, Celine Schmitt, spokeswoman for the United Nation’s refugee agency (UNHCR), told VOA.

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“This year, what we have seen has been an increase of unaccompanied children arriving in Europe mainly in Italy,” she said. “They arrive by boat in Italy and they continue their way on foot and so many of them end up in Calais. They are very often used by or abused by smugglers and they are arriving in Calais, sometimes with the dream to go to Britain and they need protection and need to go to a safe place.”

Calais, France Migrant camp. VOA
Calais, France Migrant camp. VOA

Care, protection lacking

Lliana Bird, the co-founder of Help Refugees, a non-profit organization working with refugees in Calais, said that the French government wasn’t providing care and proper child protection.

She added that the children in the camp have been through unimaginable ordeals. The children were “running from some horror, whether it’s terrorism, whether it’s war, whether it’s being recruited by some extremist group, whether extreme poverty, they all have a different reason,” she said.

A man runs with a British flag inside a makeshift camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, Oct. 25, 2016. VOA
A man runs with a British flag inside a makeshift camp known as “the jungle” near Calais, northern France, Oct. 25, 2016. VOA

Since making the announcement about plans to close the camp this year, French president, Francois Hollande has called on British authorities to “play their part in the humanitarian effort that France is carrying out.”

He said that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union (EU) does not change its responsibilities toward the continent. “The U.K. has taken a sovereign decision, it does not mean that it has absolved itself of its responsibilities toward France. Quite the opposite,” Hollande said.

Migrant women demonstrate on the second day of their evacuation and transfer to reception centers in France, as part of the dismantlement of the camp called "the jungle" in Calais, France, Oct. 25, 2016. VOA
Migrant women demonstrate on the second day of their evacuation and transfer to reception centers in France, as part of the dismantlement of the camp called “the jungle” in Calais, France, Oct. 25, 2016. VOA

Children most vulnerable

Rosa Curling, a human rights lawyer at Leigh Day, a British law firm acting on behalf of Help Refugees said that “there are children in Calais to whom the government owes a duty and who are at imminent risk of serious harm if adequate steps are not taken to protect them during the eviction and demolition.”

Most of the migrants and refugees who lived in the camp aspire to go to Britain but priority has been granted to the most vulnerable children.

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On October 21, the British High Court began judicial review of what is called the Dubs Amendment, a section of the country’s Immigration Act enacted this year which calls on the country to support and relocate unaccompanied minor refugees from Europe to Britain. The amendment is named for Lord Alfred Dubs, a British politician and former child refugee who fled the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia in World War II.

Migrants wait to register outside a processing center in the makeshift migrant camp known as "the jungle" near Calais, northern France, Oct. 26, 2016. VOA
Migrants wait to register outside a processing center in the makeshift migrant camp known as “the jungle” near Calais, northern France, Oct. 26, 2016. VOA

Dubs Amendment

Advocacy groups are charging that the Britain is not moving swiftly enough to fulfill its obligations under the Dubs Amendment. “We are saying that the Dubs Amendment is an important new duty and it must be implemented urgently,” Curling said.

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Lliana Bird of Help Refugees said despite the Dubs Amendment passing in May, the British government has only recently taken action. “As the Calais demolition loomed and we counted in all our census over a thousand unaccompanied children, we realized that something needed to happen,” she told VOA.

There are two ways for unaccompanied children to legally secure entry into Britain. One is through what is known as Dublin III, a process in which children are eligible to reunite with their families. The other group are those who don’t have family and that’s where the Dubs Amendment applies.

The demolition process of the camp is expected to be completed by the end of this week. (VOA)

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)