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The Calais “jungle” today: France’s shame

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Anne
Chatelain

Anne Chatelain joined Médecins Sans Frontières in 2002. She worked both at Paris headquarter and on the ground in various countries as Nurse, Project Coordinator, Emergency Coordinator and Head of Mission.

Michaël Neuman
Michaël
Neuman

Director of studies at Crash / Médecins sans Frontières, Michaël Neuman graduated in Contemporary History and International Relations (University Paris-I). He joined Médecins sans Frontières in 1999 and has worked both on the ground (Balkans, Sudan, Caucasus, West Africa) and in headquarters (New York, Paris as deputy director responsible for programmes). He has also carried out research on issues of immigration and geopolitics. He is co-editor of "Humanitarian negotiations Revealed, the MSF experience" (London: Hurst and Co, 2011). He is also the co-editor of "Saving lives and staying alive. Humanitarian Security in the Age of Risk Management" (London: Hurst and Co, 2016).

This article was originally published in French in Slate Magazine on 4 December 2015. The article was translated into English by Teresa Piacentini for the University of Glasgow GramNet blog.

Médecins sans Frontières has been running interventions for two months in the Calais ‘jungle', Grande-Synthe and Norrent-Fontes. For a long time, the idea that the medical problems weren't so serious, that the State was meeting its basic responsibilities and that it was beyond our mandate to get involved in migration politics overshadowed any attention we might have been able to bring to bear on these camps. But these times have changed, and it has taken even less to be as aggrieved by these policies as by their effects on the living conditions of people in the so-called "jungle" and other areas in the region.

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To cite this content :
Anne Chatelain, Michaël Neuman, The Calais “jungle” today: France’s shame, 5 December 2015, URL : https://www.msf-crash.org/en/publications/rights-and-justice/calais-jungle-today-frances-shame

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